From the Middle Ages, when this historic market town grew as a thriving centre of the wool industry, to its current status as a popular tourist destination and cultural and retail hub for West Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds has a proud and distinctive identity. This extraordinary history is embodied in the many fine buildings that have shaped the town.
Bury St Edmunds in 50 Buildings explores the history of this rich and vibrant community through a selection of its greatest architectural treasures. From the remains of its famous abbey to the new Gothic Revival cathedral tower, built as part of the Millennium Project between 2000 and 2005, this study celebrates Bury St Edmunds' architectural heritage in a new and accessible way. Local author and historian Martyn Taylor guides readers on a tour of the town's historic buildings and modern architectural marvels.
Martyn was born and bred in Bury St Edmunds. He was a committee member responsible for heritage and history for the Bury Society. On behalf of the Bury Society he was the co-ordinator of a blue plaque scheme for the town which was completed in 2012. This involved a lot of research including producing a pamphlet about the plaque recipients. On several occasions Martyn has liaised with the local press on various aspects of Bury St Edmunds. Over the years he has been involved with writing articles on the town's history and has contributed to four booklets produced by a local history group, Bury Heritage Guides. As an amateur historian he also gives talks on the history of the town.