Bury St Edmunds: The Abbey Church

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Bury St Edmunds © David Gill
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Bury St Edmunds, North Transept © David Gill

The Abbey Church was 154 m long. In the North Transept was St Martin’s Chapel and the Lady Chapel.

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Bury St Edmunds, South Transept © David Gill
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Bury St Edmunds, South Transept © David Gill

In the South Transept was the Chapel of St Nicholas.

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Bury St Edmunds, Crossing © David Gill
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Bury St Edmunds © David Gill

The crossing stood below the central tower with the choir stalls immediately to the west at the head of the nave. The nave was constructed during the time of Abbot Anselm (1119-1148).

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Bury St Edmunds © David Gill
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Bury St Edmunds, Nave © David Gill

To the east of the crossing lay the high altar and beneath it the crypt.

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Bury St Edmunds Abbey, looking east towards North Transept and Crossing © 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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