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Abbey gate, Bury

Abbey gate, Bury

Artist and engraver: Pickett, William

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1806

Shelfmark: Ktop XXXIX

Item number: 13 I

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the great gate of St Edmundsbury Abbey, built in the mid-14th century to replace the old Norman gate. The broad, embattled gate contrasts with the elaborate tracery of the facade. This was one of the wealthiest and most influential Benedictine abbeys in England, holding the relics of the local saint, Edmund. The Benedictine monks are known to have been in the area since the 11th century. Daniel Defoe, writing in the early 18th century, noted that "the abbey is demolish'd; its ruins are all that is to be seen of its glory".

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