Bury Saint Edmunds Abbey

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Relics of the martyred King Edmund were enshrined there in 903. Early in the 11th century the secular canons were replaced by Benedictines, who built a magnificent church and extensive monastery buildings. Only a few ruins remain, including Norman and Decorated gateways. Abbot Samson (died 1211) founded a hospital and free school and aided the townspeople in obtaining a charter. Two 15th-century monks of this congregation were the bibliographer John Boston and John Lydgate, a poet.

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  • “Bury Saint Edmunds Abbey”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 January 2020. Web. 27 September 2021. <>