11th December 2016
statue_of_st_edmund.jpg Welcome.

Bury St. Edmunds is one of England’s most attractive and historically significant towns. Located in the heart of East Anglia, it has a bustling market operating twice a week.

Initially established in the early 9th Century it has an envious history stretching over a thousand years. Its motto “Shrine of a King, Cradle of the Law” refers to the two most significant events to shape the town. The town is the burial place of King Edmund the last king of East Anglia, killed by the Vikings in 870 AD. The town become a place of pilgrimage  in medieval times. St. Edmund's importance is reflected in that he was once the patron saint of England. The second event occurred on St. Edmund's Feast Day in 1214 AD, when Stephen Lanton, the then Archbishop of Canterbury and 25 of the most powerful Barons in the country swore on the high alter that they would force King John to accept the Great Charter of Liberties, or in Latin Magna Carta. Magna Carta being the basis upon which English law was developed.