The Abbey 1000 Trail
This year is the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund.
The Abbey was a very significant building and has great historical significance. It is where the Barons met up, in 1214, before persuading King John to draft and affix his seal to the Magna Carta the following year. The Magna Carta is the foundation of the protection of the rights of citizens in the United Kingdom and the basis of our judicial system that many other countries have replicated.
Unfortunately, during his reign King Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the Monasteries and the destruction of many Abbeys across the Country.
This included our Abbey and it closed on the 4th November 1539, so for just over half of its life the Abbey was a working monastery and for just under half of its life it wasn’t.
In 1000 years, The Abbey has seen many people of great importance and this trail is celebrating 19 of these people and one separate significant event.
Follow the trail and use the hints to find the answers. We have £250 in 'Our Bury St Edmunds' gift cards to give away and app users that complete the trail will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five prizes.
Our Bury St Edmunds BID and the Bury Society are delighted to work in partnership, creating this trail and hope that everyone who takes part finds it informative and enjoyable. If the trail is followed numerically the total distance covered is just over 2 miles and should be able to be completed within two hours.
Download the app here to start the trail