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Angel Hill (Bury St. Edmunds)

Angel Hill is an elegant square in the historic old market town and cathedral city of Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk.

It used to be said that the town had a square for man and a square for God. The square for man was the Market Square and the square for God was Angel Hill.

Still a well used area, it was situated outside the gateway to the enormous and powerful Abbey, some of whose ruins still stand in the beautiful Abbey Gardens.

Angel Hill contains the splendid Athenaeum, designed by Robert Adam, where Dickens gave readings.

The square was used for 600 years as the setting for Bury Fair. This was discontinued in the 19th century on the grounds of immorality and nuisance to neighbours.

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