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Market Town

It is supposed to be the hub of East Anglia, a market town.

This needs to be explained, if you know anything about the Fens at all. The surrounding landscape is very flat and fertile, good farming country and before being drained was know as wetlands. Good for hunting ducks and gathering reeds to roof the houses, you know, those chocolate box type pictures of the cute little reed thatched cottage with the roof full of mice and spiders, the doors so small you need to be a midget with a widget to get through them and the tiny windows that let in about as much light as an anaemic glow worm.

People lived and farmed in splendid isolation, the small villages had not yet grown up when Bury St Edmunds was invented. So, to sell their produce and assure themselves that they were not the only person on the planet in deep dark East Anglia, every Wednesday they all went to market in BSE. I wonder if this is where they got the initials for the Mad Cow Disease?

Anyway. So, all and sundry came to the Market Town to see, be seen, trade, shop, get essentials and meet a prospective partner. It was all go.

When I last visted, it was market day and you could only find parking behind Woolworths in a VAST car park. You can imagine that this was the traditional place for all the carts and horses to wait while business was being transacted.

Beware the horrendous one way system that is now in place in BSE. It is poorly signposted, lots of ways to get lost and end up heading out of town. Not as bad as Norwich though. THAT town is really car unfriendly.

Athenaeum Lane

You can imagine footpads and viillains lurking down this lane to trap the unwary back in olden times.... I assume that was a gas lamp at some point, there on the wall... pretty spooky eh?

The small houses, the posh one opposite and the cobbled, rain dampened street all added to the charm of the place.

Note the gutter running down the centre of the street. People threw their rubbish and poo and stuff into the street and it ran down the middle and got (hopefully) washed away by the rain.

Thank heavens for flushing bogs eh?

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:It's quiet normally, not TOO difficult to get to, quite quaint.
  • Cons:Bloody one way systems!!!!
  • In a nutshell:It's great if you want to explore the history of the place!
  • Last visit to Bury Saint Edmunds: Jan 2006
  • Intro Written Feb 13, 2006
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2010 at 3:41 AM

    Sue, lovely little page about this English gem. I have only heard good things about Bury St Edmunds but unfortunately never really made it there. I am looking forward to meeting you in Krakow. Greetings from snowy Germany.

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    jeeesss...i miss english provincial prices. i went to bury st edmunds once but forgot my spade.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:51 AM

    Wish Id read yr pg b4 had a day driving around trying to find the Fens - never did find why we went so a bit of regret we didnt head first to the real tourist trail(when we really were tourists on our 1st ever visit to the UK many moons ago!)

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2006 at 6:13 AM

    Free chocolates? That's my kind of place. Thank you for the very interesting introduction to your page.

  • Confucius's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2006 at 10:39 PM

    I was wondering what was buried at Saint Edmunds. A lot of rubbish, I suppose. Glad I missed it and went to Ely instead for my fen fix. Complimentary bon bons? Somehow chocolate always tastes a tad sweeter when it's free!

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