A view in St Edmunds Bury
View of St Edmund's Bury, showing a bridge, the ruins of the Benedictine Abbey, and other churches within the town. 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 of Bury St Edmunds: "It is a town fam'd for its pleasant situation and wholesome air, the Montpelier of Suffolk, and perhaps of England."