Monument record BSE 174 - Norman Tower; St James Gate Tower

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Summary

Scheduled Monument - NormanTower. Entrance leading to W Front of Abbey Church of Bury St Edmunds (see BSE 010) and churchyard.

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 85572 64076 (20m by 21m)
Map sheet TL86SE
Civil Parish BURY ST EDMUNDS, ST EDMUNDSBURY, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

Norman Tower. Entrance leading to W Front of Abbey Church of Bury St Edmunds (see BSE 010) and churchyard. Built circa AD 1121-46. Scheduled pre 1930? Now Guardianship Ancient Monument. Used as Bell Tower for adjoining church (cathedral) of St James with 10 bells dated 1785 - the oldest complete ring of 10 in the country to have been cast together (S1)(S3). Considerably restored 1846-7. For discussion see (R1).
1973: Excavations by DOE - details in (S2)(R2).

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. (S3).
  • <S1> Unpublished document: English Heritage. EH, Scheduling information.
  • <R1> Bibliographic reference: Miscellaneous Bibliographic reference. Whittingham A B, official Handbook (of Abbey?), HMSO, 1971.
  • <M2> Scheduling record: English Heritage. Scheduled Ancient Monument file. (S1).
  • <S2> Bibliographic reference: Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. Drewett P & Stuart I (DOE), 'Excav in the Norman Gate Tower, BSE Abbey', PSIA,33 (3),1976 241-2. ill.
  • <R2> Artifact: Bury St Edmunds Moyses Hall. BSEMH, notes from excavations.
  • <S3> Bibliographic reference: Miscellaneous Bibliographic reference. Stannard P V, A Short History of the Norman Tower, Bury St Edmunds and its Bells, 1995.
  • <S4> Photograph: Air Photographs. NAU, TL 856 641, JDF 11-13, 1 July 1996.

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Record last edited

Mar 9 2012 5:13PM

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