The Abbey of Bury St Edmunds: Crypt

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Abbey of Bury St Edmunds © David Gill

The crypt of the abbey at Bury St Edmunds lies at the east end of the abbey church. The new stone church was constructed during the time of Abbot Baldwin. A comparable crypt can also be seen at St Augustine’s Abbey at Canterbury.

The shrine of St Edmund was located behind the high altar, immediately above the crypt.

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Abbey of Bury St Edmunds © David Gill
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Abbey of Bury St Edmunds © David Gill

At the east end of the crypt were three chapels. In the centre was the chapel of St Mary in the crypt, and to its north the chapel of St Anne.

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Abbey of Bury St Edmunds © David Gill
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Abbey of Bury St Edmunds © David Gill

On the south side was the chapel of St Robert, with the altar of Edward the Confessor.

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Bury St Edmunds Abbey © David Gill

 

Author: David Gill

David Gill is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, and an Academic Associate in SISJAC at UEA; Professor of Archaeological Heritage.

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