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Bury St Edmunds Town Defences

In the civil parish of Bury St Edmunds.
In the historic county of Suffolk.
Modern Authority of Suffolk.
1974 county of Suffolk.
Medieval County of Suffolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL852637
Latitude 52.24101° Longitude 0.71514°

Bury St Edmunds Town Defences has been described as a certain Urban Defence.

There are no visible remains.


The town was founded after the enshrinement of the body of St Edmunds in the royal vill in 903 AD. A Benedictine order built an abbey. and was given special jurisdiction over the vill and surrounding lands. Under monastic guidance the town was laid out on a Norman grid iron plan which obliterated all pre-conquest features. The towns defences consisting of a wall and four gates which were built in C12 by the sacrist Radilph Hervey. The town gates were later demolished for access reasons. (PastScape)

A charter of 1121/38 laid on knights as well as on burgesses an obligation to share the maintenance of defences, which suggests that they already existed. (Turner)

The remains of a large man-made gravel bank, part of the medieval town defences, were found running N—S along the St Andrew's Street frontage. The bank was 12.2m wide and sealed the original ground surface. (PSIAH 2004)

Murage granted in 1304 for three years and 1330 for seven years. No remains.
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