Discovering the lost stones of Bury St Edmunds

Featured image: Head of a king in the herb garden © Ron Baxter Built in the 11th century, the Abbey at Bury St Edmunds was one of the most influential in medieval Europe until its suppression in 1539. The extensive remains still survive today. Since 2005, the Abbey’s stonework has been a focus of researchContinue reading “Discovering the lost stones of Bury St Edmunds”

From Rise to Ruins – Abbey of St Edmund Millennium 1020-2020

Celebrating the 1000th anniversary of the Abbey of St Edmund – Join the experts to discover more about the abbey’s remarkable history with a new series of online talks starting this November. 2020 marks the 1000th anniversary of the re-foundation of the religious community at Bury St Edmunds as a Benedictine abbey, under the patronageContinue reading “From Rise to Ruins – Abbey of St Edmund Millennium 1020-2020”

Medieval window glass, Bury St. Edmunds

974 fragments of medieval window glass were recovered during the excavations of St. Saviour’s Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. Many of the fragments were decorated with floral patterns or inscriptions. The window glass has been coloured in two ways: staining or painting. There are a large variety of colours including: blue, green, ruby and yellow.Continue reading “Medieval window glass, Bury St. Edmunds”

Early Medieval Silver Sceatta, Bury St Edmunds

Early Medieval silver sceatta from the Bury St Edmunds area, dating c. 700-760 AD. This example depicts on its obverse face a plumed bird with a triple tail, its head bent down and a cross underneath its feet. The reverse face is more stylised, with a broadly rectangular ‘standard’ motif rendered alongside patterns of crosses,Continue reading “Early Medieval Silver Sceatta, Bury St Edmunds”