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Market Square (Bury St. Edmunds)

The Market Square in the old Suffolk town of Bury St. Edmunds comes to life on market days.

It is one of two large open spaces in the town, the other being Angel Hill, outside the Abbey. It was said that there was a square for the people and a square for God.

The building known as the Market Cross was designed by Robert Adam and opened in 1780. Originally it had a theatre on the first floor, while the ground floor was open and contained market stalls. Today, it functions as shops and an art gallery.

Across the square is Moyse's Hall, one of the few surviving Norman domestic buildings of any size in England. Originally a merchant's house, it has been a workhouse, police station, gaol and railway parcels office. It is now a splendid museum of the town's history.

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