The Abbey of St Edmund


The Abbey of St Edmund is the jewel in the heart of Bury St Edmunds. It was established in 1020 AD in honour of the Anglo Saxon King Edmund who was martyred in 869 AD. It is three times the size of the popular Abbey Gardens.


St Edmund and the Abbey are central to our understanding of the religious and historical importance of Bury St Edmunds not just nationally but internationally including its role as the birthplace of Magna Carta in establishing the freedoms that are now ingrained in modern democracy.


The ruins of the Benedictine Abbey of St Edmund between the River Lark and the present St Edmundsbury Cathedral will be the focus of the millennium celebrations of The Abbey of St Edmund in 2020 when residents and visitors will have the chance to discover more about its past, present and future.


The Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership which was set up in 2016 is led by St Edmundsbury Cathedral and West Suffolk Council in collaboration with nearly 20 other public, private and voluntary organisations. It held a ‘Past, present and future’ conference on 26 January 2019.


The Heritage Partnership commissioned two consultancy studies in 2017 with funding from Historic England and the borough council. The heritage assessment assembled all the historical and archaeological information for the first time and the conservation plan identified policies and potential projects for the future.


We have more information about the Abbey of St Edmund and its future together with the heritage assessment, conservation plan, recent news releases and other interesting information including the conference programme, feedback forms and a contact form, for comments about potential projects for the future.


• You can fill in the three forms (see Word and PDF formats attached above) and return them to us either by e-mail or by post.
• Please fill out a contact form if you want to keep in touch with the work of the Heritage Partnership (this includes General Data Protection consent)
• Please fill out a Project Priorities Form if you want to comment on the priorities for the future work of the Heritage Partnership
• E-mail to return the forms or to request further information or contact Lorna by post c/o St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Cathedral Office, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1LS.


Press releases:

The Abbey of St Edmunds Past, Present and Future – conference to be held – 5 December 2018

Abbey study finds everything from wolf skulls to air raid shelter – Press release 17 July 2018

Abbey of St Edmund project gains National Lottery backing – Press release 8 June 2018

Heritage Partnership announces first project – moving the tennis courts – Press release 7 March 2018

Abbey 1000 Events


For information on events to mark the 1000th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund, please click here

These include ‘From Rise to Ruins – a series of livestreamed talks, starting on Saturday 28 November 2020.