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Sunday 11th September, 10.30am
Guided Tour of Bury Abbey Ruins
This tour was originally planned for 2020, but had to be postponed due to the Covid ‘Rule of Six’ that was in force at the time.
Bury St Edmunds Abbey was one of the richest and largest Benedictine monasteries in England and was of huge significance for the Brecks. The site became home to the remains of the martyred King Edmund, and the acquisition of such a notable relic made the monastery a place of national and international pilgrimage.
The Benedictine abbey was established in 1020. Edward the Confessor substantially enlarged the privileges in its charter and at the time of the Norman Conquest Bury ranked fourth among English abbeys in wealth and political importance. It continued to thrive throughout the 13th century but relations with the townspeople were rarely cordial. Matters came to a head in 1327 in a summer of riots, though disputes rumbled on throughout the 14th century. Despite these setbacks Bury St Edmunds remained politically important throughout the 15th century – Henry VI came for Christmas in 1433 and stayed for four months – and when it was surrendered to King Henry VIII in 1539 it still had a considerable income. Though the abbey precinct was quickly stripped of valuable building material, the abbot’s palace survived as a house until 1720.
The tour will be lead by local archaeologist and heritage consultant Dr Rickard Hoggett. Members £7, non-members £10. Limited to 20 people.
Booking for members opens Sunday 21st August. Booking for non-members (if any tickets are left) opens Sunday 28th August.
Tuesday 1st November, 7.30pm
‘No flash in the pan: the Brandon Gunflint Industry’
A Zoom lecture by Dr Hugo Anderson-Whymark on the post-mediaeval gun flint industry, in which Brandon was extremely important. Hugo is Senior Curator, Early Prehistory at the National Museums of Scotland.
Booking for members opens on Sunday 9th October. Breckland Society members £3, non-members £5.
Wednesday 15th November, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Lynford Hall estate guided walk
A free members-only historical and nature walk around the publicly accessible parts of the former Lynford Hall estate. Led by naturalist and Brecsoc chair James Parry, who is very knowledgeable about the history of the hall and the estate, and its owners. The walk will take in the gravel pits, old mill, edge of STANTA, the arboretum and the small Catholic chapel (outside only). The event does not include access to the privately-owned Lynford Hall Hotel.
We hope to hold a Fungus Foray, led by a local expert, in October/November.