|Bury St Edmunds|
St Edmundsbury Borough
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Bury St Edmunds is a historic market town in the county of Suffolk, England and formerly the capital of East Anglia and county town of West Suffolk. The town is known for brewing (with the large Greene King brewery) and for a British Sugar processing factory. Bury St Edmunds (Beodricesworth, St Edmund's Bury), was one of the royal towns of the Saxons. Sigebert, king of the East Angles, founded a monastery here about 633, which in 903 became the burial place of King Edmund, who was slain by the Danes in 869, and owed most of its early celebrity to the reputed miracles performed at the shrine of the martyr king. The town grew around Bury St Edmunds Abbey, a site of pilgrimage. By 925 the fame of St Edmund had spread far and wide, and the name of the town was changed to St Edmund's Bury. Local residents often refer to Bury St Edmunds simply as "Bury". Bury has nothing to do with the burial of St Edmund- it is simply a variant of the word burgh or borough. The abbey, which stood in the centre of the town, was largely destroyed during the 16th century with the Dissolution of the Monasteries.Several churches were built within the precincts of the abbey. The nave of today's church is the successor of one of those churches, started in 1503.Though little remains of the Benedictine Abbey, St James' Church has continued to grow over the centuries with alterations in the 18th century through to the present day.
In 1914 St James' became the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Saint Edmundsbury and Ipswich. The graveyard was closed more than a century ago. (Wikipedia text posted by Geoffrey Gillon)