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Guildhall, Bury Saint Edmunds: 1 reviews and 2 photos

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This beautiful building once played a big role in the history of Bury St. Edmunds. The town was in control of the abbey and although people in some way profited from it, they always had the feeling of being dependent on it. Furthermore, the abbey was able to raise taxes which did not always result in a tension-free environment. That included the imprisonment of the abbot and some monks in the Guildhall in 1327. In another dispute, a large bronze door from the abbey was stolen and hidden in the guildhall.
People were not allowed to form a city council in medieval Bury. Therefore, they used the trader and craftsmen guilds to organize themselves and built a Guild Hall for the meetings. It was first mentioned in 1279, but is probably some decades older. Some parts are still from the original 13th century building. The building gained its present appearance in the 15th century, although many parts were added in the 18th century. After the dissolution of the monasteries , it was used for council meetings until 1966, when a larger council hall was built southeast to the old abbey grounds. Today, it is used by the Theatre Royal and occasionally for other purposes like meetings. Unfortunately, it is not open to the public. But still, it as a beautiful building you can admire from outside, especially knowing the importance in Bury's citizen's struggle for independence.

Address: Guildhall Street, Bury St. Edmunds
Directions: South to Cornhill / shopping zone and west of the cathedral / abbey grounds. Less than five minutes away from any of those points.

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