Abbey Gatehouse, Abbey Precincts, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Abbey Gatehouse, Abbey Precincts, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Photograph taken 30 July 2003 © Mr Luke Barber. Source Historic England Archive ref: 466446

This abbey dates from the 14th century. It housed the relics of the martyred king, St. Edmund. It was used as a temporary residence by Henry VI and was burnt out by an accidental fire in 1465. It finally became ruinous after King Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. This site is now in the care of English Heritage (2010)but managed by St. Edmundsbury Borough Council.

Location

Suffolk Bury St Edmunds

Period

Medieval (Middle Ages) (1066 - 1484)

Tags

abbey gatehouse keep king religion monastery dissolution medieval (1066 - 1484) english heritage