Bury St Edmunds: The Abbey Church


Bury St Edmunds © David Gill


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.


Bury St Edmunds, South Transept © David Gill


Bury St Edmunds, South Transept © David Gill

In the South Transept was the Chapel of St Nicholas.


Bury St Edmunds, Crossing © David Gill


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).


Bury St Edmunds © David Gill


Bury St Edmunds, Nave © David Gill

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


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

Hadleigh Castle: lead-melting hearth


Hadleigh Castle © David Gill

The royal castle of Hadleigh was sold by Edward VI in 1551 to Baron Rich (Lord Lieutenant of Essex from 1552), and was soon dismantled. A lead-melting hearth was constructed on the floor of the former hall.


Hadleigh Castle © David Gill

Framlingham Castle: Ministry sign removed


Framlingham Castle, 2015 © David Gill

The walk around the walls of Framlingham Castle provide some wonderful views of the castle. There is a strict route to help visitors enjoy the route. A simple and stylish Ministry of Works sign indicated ‘No Exit’ at the entry point. In fact most people probably never noticed it as they made their way along the walls. However this sign has now been removed.

An enquiry to the castle team revealed that the sign did not fit current English Heritage branding and had been removed. In its place rather makeshift and flimsy signs had been printed on A4.

Castle Acre Priory: chapter house


Castle Acre Priory © David Gill

The chapter house at Castle Acre priory is located on the east side of the cloister, and backs onto the south transept of the priory church. It dates to the mid-12th century. The original form had an apse on the east side, now marked out adjacent to the infirmary passage. (The Ministry of Works marked the eastern apse of the chapter house at Thetford in the same way.)


Castle Acre Priory © David Gill

The chapter house was remodelled in the early 14th century, and a wall blocked off the eastern apse. Traces of the seating for the monks can be seen on the north and south walls.


Castle Acre Priory, chapter house © David Gill


Castle Acre Priory © David Gill

Immediately to the south of the chapter house was the doorway that led to the dorter.


Castle Acre Priory, chapter house © David Gill

Dirleton: the Ruthven Lodging


Dirleton Castle, the Ruthven Lodging © David Gill

The Ruthven Lodging is located on the south side of the main courtyard, and to the west of the main gatehouse. It was constructed by the Ruthven family after they acquired the castle in the early 16th century.


Dirleton Castle, the Ruthven Lodging © David Gill


Dirleton Castle © David Gill


Hailes Castle: pit prisons


Hailes Castle, Mid Tower © David Gill

Hailes Castle stands on the banks of the River Tyne (in Scotland). There are two pit prisons in the castle. One stands in the Mid Tower. The second is in the West Tower.


Hailes Castle, West Tower © David Gill