The Abbey of St Edmund
The Abbey of St Edmund is the jewel in the heart of Bury St Edmunds. It was established in 1020 AD in honour of the Anglo Saxon King Edmund who was martyred in 869 AD. It is three times the area of the popular Abbey Gardens.
St Edmund and the Abbey are central to our understanding of the religious and historical importance of Bury St Edmunds not just nationally but internationally including its role as the birthplace of Magna Carta in establishing the freedoms that are now ingrained in modern democracy.
The ruins of the Benedictine Abbey of St Edmund between the River Lark and the present St Edmundsbury Cathedral will be the focus of the millennium celebrations of The Abbey of St Edmund in 2020 when residents and visitors will have the chance to discover more about its past, present and future.
The Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership which was set up in 2016 is led by St Edmundsbury Cathedral and West Suffolk Council in collaboration with nearly 20 other public, private and voluntary organisations. It held a 'Past, present and future' conference on 26 January 2019.
The Heritage Partnership commissioned two consultancy studies in 2017 with funding from Historic England and the borough council. The heritage assessment assembled all the historical and archaeological information for the first time and the conservation plan identified policies and potential projects for the future.
We have more information about the Abbey of St Edmund and its future together with the heritage assessment, conservation plan, recent news releases and other interesting information including the conference programme, feedback forms and a contact form, for comments about potential projects for the future.
Key reports and other documents
- Introducing the Abbey of St Edmund (summary booklet)
- Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Assessment
- Abbey of St Edmund Conservation Plan
- Past Present and Future Conference Programme
- Past, Present and Future Conference Summary
- Conference Feedback and Contact Form (PDF)
- Conference Feedback and Contact Form (Word)
- Project Priorities Form (PDF)
- Project Priorities Form (Word)
Contact and response
You can fill in the three forms (see Word and PDF formats above) and return them to us either by email or by post:
- Please fill out a Conference Feedback and Contact Form if you want to keep in touch with the work of the Heritage Partnership (this includes General Data Protection consent)
- Please fill out a Project Priorities form if you want to comment on the priorities for the future work of the Heritage Partnership
- Email email@example.com to return the forms or to request further information or contact Lorna by post c/o St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Cathedral Office, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1LS.
- The Abbey of St Edmunds Past, Present and Future - conference to be held – 5 December 2018
- Abbey study finds everything from wolf skulls to air raid shelter - Press release 17 July 2018
- Abbey of St Edmund project gains National Lottery backing - Press release 8 June 2018
- Heritage Partnership announces first project - moving the tennis courts - Press release 7 March 2018
- Mystery and intrigue at Abbey – 5 February 2018
- The story of 1000 years – 6 November 2017
- Studies launched to improve the Abbey of St Edmund – 23 October 2017
- Launch of the Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership 13 September 2016