Sunday, May 13, 2007

Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

8am 12.2 miles in 1 hr 40 mins 12 seconds

Week to date mileage 31 miles

Month to date mileage 36 miles

Average weekly rate 29 miles

Average monthly rate 126

Year to date 550

Lifetime 10143

I decided on a long run around and about the town centre of Bury St Edmunds. I started out along Hospital Road and ran past the Dove at the bottom of Mill Road. I have to say it is a pub I don't think I have ever visited so no idea whether it has a good reputation?

I continued on into the centre of town. I have recently read an interesting book called Brewing in Bury which has information on the many former breweries of Bury St Edmunds. One of Bury's former breweries was the Saracen Head Brewery which was based in Guildhall Street and is now the Royal British Legion Club. The Saracen Head Brewery when bankrupt in 1901. You can still see the Saracen Heads on either side of the doors.

The Queens Head is a pub I used to visit many years ago and I m sure it is much changed now.
It once had a bit of a rough reputation and was for your harden drinkers. Just beyond the Queens Head is the Norman Tower.

The Buttermarket was a complete contrast to the normal Saturday and Wednesday when the street market is in full flow. 8am is a great time to explore Bury.

Abbeygate Street was once the equivalent of London's Bond Street with its well dressed shops. Barwell's is a good example

I ran down to Abbey churchyard . There are some interesting memorial stones and I like this one for a young nine year old girl who was unfortunately hit by lightning. The grass was long and the weeds had grown over the height of the gravestones.

As a child I have only vague memories of walks along the old Eastgate Railway Line. I believe this closed in 1965 after a 100 years of operation providing a line to Sudbury. The station would have been based somewhere around BuryBowl or Smith and Wareham Tiles and Points I think ? Or was it on the other side pretty much where the flyover and A 14 road is now anyone know this?

I know the line used to run parallel to Barn Lane and most of the rest of my run was spent trying to track the old railway in both directions.


  1. I love the bridge at the top of your blog. Where is it, is it local?

  2. Thank you yes it is local and can be found at Culford, Suffolk. It is said to have been made from the ruins of a cannon by the Marquis of Cornwall I believe in the early 19th century.

    Thanks for stopping by!


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