Bury St. Edmunds

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Bury St. Edmunds was important during the medieval period for pilgrims. The pilgrims came in large numbers to see the burial place of St. Edmund located the in Abbey.
 
YearMonthEvent
1153 Aug 17  Stephen's son Eustace dies
 Eustace wanted to continue the fight against Henry and had started attacking areas around Cambridge and East Anglia. He ransacked the Abbey at Bury St. Edmunds but died very shortly afterwards from a sudden illness.  
1191 May 6  Richard sails to Cyprus.
 Richard located the three lost ships at Limissol, and promptly attacked Comnenus' troops in the town and drove them out. Comnenus was again attacked outside the town, but escaped, leaving behind his standard, embroidered with gold cloth. This was later presented to the abbey of Bury St. Edmunds.[1] 
1300 May  Edward starts another Scottish campaign
 After staying briefly at the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, Edward I travelled north to Carlisle. His son, Edward (II) of Caernarvon remained at the Abbey for a week longer, living as a monk, before following his father. The king ensured his standard had been blessed by every holy relic that the Abbey possessed.[2] 
1381 Jun 15  Watt Tyler killed
 Richard II again met the rebels, at Smithfield; they demanded the confiscation of church land; Watt Tyler was killed and the rebels dispersed; the Prior of Bury St.Edmunds was executed by the townspeople; University property was attacked in Cambridge (-17.6).
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1447 Feb 23  Death of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester
 A parliament was held at Bury St. Edmunds where the Duke of Gloucester was accused of treason and arrested. It was said that he was planning an uprising against the king. The accusations were made falsely by the Duke of Suffolk. Gloucester died only days after his arrest. 
Early Modern Period (1500-1800)
1553 Jul 17  Northumberland's final move
 The Duke of Northumberland and a army of some 3,000 men travelled to Cambridge in an attempt to stop Mary. Moving on to Bury St. Edmunds the Duke came up against a much larger army supporting Mary. Accepting defeat, Northumberland was arrested and taken back to London to be held in the Tower.[4]