Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

New Cathedral Tower for Bury St. Edmunds

The new mediaeval-style cathedral tower of Bury St. Edmunds has been completed.

Bury St. Edmunds is an ancient town in Suffolk. Originally known as Bedricsworth, it acquired its new name in honour of St. Edmund, martyr king of East Anglia, whose body, after resting at Greenstead-juxta-Ongar, was buried here in 1900.

An enormous Benedictine Abbey arose on the site, and ruins of this can be seen today in the Abbey Gardens.

The parish church of St. James was elevated to cathedral status in 1914, and over the years this has grown in magnificence, thanks largely to the work of the architect Stephen Dykes Bower.

The crowning glory of the cathedral is its tower. This has been constructed over a number of years, and has just recently been completed.

In years to come, people may well say “they don’t make them like that any more”. But of course they do in this splendid town.

People from the Leicester area have an opportunity to see this magnificent piece of architecture on my next Coach Trip. This is on Saturday 28th January, leaving St. Margarets Bus Station at 8am and including a Guided Walk. Tickets are 20.

There are still some places left, so if you do want to come, get in touch as soon as possible.