… in Bury St Edmunds
I was lucky enough to spend a couple of hours in Bury St Edmunds last weekend, breaking a long journey on a hot day. It’s a place with a long and fascinating history, and the market is no exception, dating from the time of William the Conqueror.
We parked near the imposing 14th century Abbey Gatehouse and walked uphill towards the market; the colourful streets were bustling with tourists as well as local people.
The market itself is a wonderful, closely packed collection of over eighty stalls, selling everything from flowers to mobile phone accessories. Some traders were shouting their wares: a real, traditional market atmosphere. I bought strawberries, plums and samphire!
Some very impressive old buildings form an attractive backdrop.
Of course, I could have spent far more time and money there, but I had to get on with the rest of my journey. However, I’d definitely like to go back and explore the history of Bury St Edmunds when I can.