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Bury St. Edmunds.

One of the surviving walls marking the former abbey precincts.

One of the walls marking the former abbey precincts.

To quote from English Heritage’s website, “The spectacular west front [of the Benedictine Abbey at Bury St. Edmunds] was completed around the turn of the 13th century under Abbot Samson, who added a great central tower and lower octagonal towers to either side. He also improved the accommodation including a new hall, the Black Hostry, to house the abbey’s many monastic visitors“. Abbot Samson can be seen here, in a corner of the Moyse’s Hall Museum, which sits at the heart of Bury St. Edmunds, holding a model of his creation.

To quote from the description of the former abbey site today on English Heritage’s website, “Enough remains of the abbey church to suggest it was an impressive structure. At over 150 metres long the church was one of only a few of its date to be built on such a large scale in this country” and I would agree that what ruins point to Abbot Samson’s Abbey being as grand as English Heritage and the statue in the Moyse’s Hall Museum suggest.

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