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Gt Barton Suffolk

In chicken, church, emu, flowers, forge, Gt Barton, ostrich, point of lay, s on July 14, 2007 at 6:48 pm

8am 10 miles in 1 hr 25 mins 57 seconds

Week to date mileage 29 miles

Month to date mileage 66

Average weekly rate 30.3 miles

Average monthly rate 132

Year to date 844

Lifetime 10437

This morning I decided to venture out again to Gt Barton though this time from home. I repeated the same route though this time continued further along Green Lane turning past Holy Innocents Church at Gt Barton Suffolk.

From a traditional site in Suffolk of the village church I then saw something I haven’t ever seen before except in zoos. I am not sure whether they are emu’s or ostrich’s but presume they are the latter as they are increasingly farmed for their meat. They are officially classed as a dangerous animal and can out run any human. Perhaps someone knows for sure emu or ostrich?

Continuing into Gt Barton I passed the old forge, I like the boards which are painted in a duckshell blue.

My turning point for home was reached at the Gt Barton village hall where the village sign is located.

Running home I passed a large field of tall purple flowers in a scrap of a field seemingly growing as weeds. No idea what they are but quite a pretty purple patch as you enter Bury from Gt Barton the A143.

A bit of chicken news for you. Two of our point of lay chickens are now laying and we are getting 2 eggs a day. Both the speckled hen and the blue bird are laying. To date we have had 14 eggs and they are beginning to repay the investment we made. at the end of May.

I would say we spent £500 to set ourselves up with chickens and it has been something I would recommend to anyone. You can of course set up at a lot lower cost than this this and currently it means that everyone of our eggs has cost us about £40!

We bought our hen house at Tillett Pet and Poultry from Beccles and we are very pleased with this house providing as it does a sturdy house with a run. The houses are very simple to set up but I think you can also get a delivery. I think the house was £350.

We bought our hens from Stebbing in Essex from Hens 4 Homes
You can buy a complete set up kit from here including the house, though we got every else that we required including food layer pellets and corn bedding feeders and of course chickens.

There is nothing quite like finding your own eggs in the hen house freshly laid and sometimes still warm. Boiled, poached and scrambled eggs are all getting popular and there is no need for us to buy eggs anymore. We have been using them in cakes as well and once our brown chicken Antony Worrall Thompson starts laying we will be up to about 20 eggs a week.

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Cineworld Bury St Edmunds to Gt Barton

In Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld, Gt Barton on July 13, 2007 at 7:23 pm

6.15pm miles in 50 mins 15 seconds

Week to date mileage 19 miles

Month to date mileage 56

Average weekly rate 30.1 miles

Average monthly rate 131

Year to date 834

Lifetime 10427

Whilst everyone else went to Cineworld to watch Shrek I had a run from the car park nearby out to Gt Barton. I ran out of Bury via Looms Lane,Mustow St and Eastgate St and then along the Barton Road which merges into Orttewell Road before joining the A143 road.

A short distance along here there is a off road track which looks like it head towards the most extreme edge of the Moreton Hall development. I took this and for a while it is a pleasant dirt and sand track.

It eventually joins Green Lane and once I was close to Holy Innocents Church at Gt Barton I judged I must have run approximately 3 miles with 25 minutes on the watch.

I turned and followed the same route back to the car at Cineworld. However rather than run an even pace back I decided to do some intervals. I ran 6 x 30 seconds with a 1.30 minute recovery. Nothing too taxing but just gave the run some variety.

Gt Barton

In Gt Barton on December 17, 2006 at 8:05 pm


8am 11 miles in 1 hr 30 mins 47 secs

Week to date mileage 42 miles

Month to date mileage 90

Average weekly rate 30.2 miles

Average monthly rate 131

Year to date 1517

Lifetime 9537

I ran out to Gt Barton on the A143 road. I decided to take a look down a RUPP a road used as a public path. This is where the main village of Gt Barton is situated and is a well kept parkland area with some lovely housing. However I couldn’t see much point running around the houses and retreated back to the main road with the idea of continuing through Gt Barton to visit a wood.

At the Thurston turn in the road there is a footpath which takes you through a wood called the Heath. On the map it is marked as the Icepits Farm and there are some disused pits.
Unsure where the path led to and 45 minutes into my run I had to return back to Bury and home.

On checking the map OS Map 211 I see I can do a complete circular run as the pathway emerges on Green Lane and it is only a matter of time before I will give this a go.

Gt Barton Suffolk

In Gt Barton, St Nicholas Hospital on November 5, 2006 at 8:38 am


8am 10 miles in 1 hr 23 mins 39 secs

Week to date mileage 36

Month to date mileage 30

Average weekly rate 30.5

Average monthly rate 132

Year to date 1344

Lifetime 9364

The weather is ideal at present for running, cool, bright,weak sunshine days. I decided to venture out towards Gt Barton.

I ran through the centre of Bury St Edmund’s along Eastgate Street at the end of which lies the ruins of St Nicholas Hospital. The exact date of build is apparently unknown but seems to be around the 12th century. I must have run past this many a time but only noticed some graffiti in the walls today where someone has carved the date of 1715 in the wall. Whether there is any significance to this date I don’t know. It was the year of the Riot Act being passed in England which forbid groups of more than 12 people to congregate on the streets. It was also the year of the Jacobite Rebellion and perhaps a wounded solider in this hospital has carved their name and initials in the wall.

I ran on until I was running alongside the busy A143 road to Gt Barton. Up by the Anglenook Cottages the sugar beet harvest has been piled high beside the road. It was here that I decided to take the Colton’s Ride Track. This is a good alternative to running beside the A143 and takes you into Gt Barton arriving at the church of St Holy Innocents.

I carried on along Green Lane to some old cottages with unusual chimneys at Shinham Bridge before retracing my steps home.

Moreton Hall to Gt Barton Suffolk

In cat, Gt Barton, Moreton Hall, suffolk on December 16, 2005 at 12:26 pm


9.30am 7 miles in 58 minutes 56 seconds.

Year to date mileage 1270

Month to date 73 miles

Average miles per month 110

Average weekly rate 25.4

Week to date 34

Weather Mild windy and overcast.

I ran this morning from the car park at Matalan in Moreton Hall out to Gt Barton on the busy Bury Road. Heavy clouds threatened a downpour but it never happened because of a good breeze.

As far as the mileage goes 34 miles this week represents the most I have run since the beginning of November. I got in five runs which is what I like to do with 2 rest days.

I took a photo of I think of a cat on a roof at Gt Barton , it looks as if it has just had a fright. Maybe it is a good luck charm to ward off witches. It reminds me a little of the victims that the White Witch of Narnia chooses to freeze.

Gt Barton & Coltons Ride Circular Run

In Colton's Ride, Gt Barton, Moreton Hall on September 1, 2005 at 12:02 pm



8am 9.5 miles in 1hour 20mins.

Year to date mileage 819

Month to date 10 miles

Average miles per month 102

Average weekly rate 23.5

Weather Hot a little overcast

Course: From Moreton Hall I ran out along the pathway which runs besides the A143 to Gt Barton. I went as far the crossways and turned left at the Bunbury Arms along Brand Road. This road heads towards Gt Livermere and is very agricultural with just a few farms to break up the landscape of fields. I turned left at Livermere Rd and headed back through Conyers Green and Gt Barton. I then turned right along the Fornham Rd before turning left along a bridleway known as Colton’s Ride before returning to Moreton Hall.

The photo is a typical section of this run from the bridleway at Colton’s Ride.

Gt Barton & Famous men and women of Suffolk No 5 in a series

In Gt Barton, Henry Crabb Robinson, Thurston on August 14, 2005 at 11:56 am

8.45am 10 miles in Ihr 25 mins
Year to date mileage 753
Month to date 73 miles
Average miles per week this year 23.3
Average per month 101

Weather: Overcast & dry.

Course: Bit of a reconnaissance route today looking for new places to run. Set off from Bury Town Centre along the A143 road. There is a good pathway which runs alongside the main road all the way to Gt Barton. Here I took a turning left towards Gt Livermere . I turned left again on a trackway which took me to Vicarage Farm. I turned around and retraced my steps and then continued towards Gt Livermere. I ran as far as Red Castle Farm and then returned over the A143 and headed towards Thurston before returning back to Bury.

unfortunately the camera I take on my runs isn’t good enough quality to show the words on plaque above Linnet House in Bury. It refers to Henry Crabb Robinson 1775-1867 who was a famous diarist. Robinson was a Bury boy. He is remembered chiefly as the friend of many writers and poets from this era such as Lamb, Coleridge, Wordsworth and Southey. He was a foreign correspondent for the Times.

He maintained diaries from the age of 12 and these apparently extend to 35 volumes. He also wrote and received many letters and these extend to 36 volumes.

Robinson struck up a friendship with Wordsworth and met his sister Dorothey who stayed in St Marys Square .

One of William Wordsworth’s poems is dedicated to his friend Crabb

COMPANION! by whose buoyant Spirit cheered,
In whose experience trusting, day by day
Treasures I gained with zeal that neither feared
The toils nor felt the crosses of the way,
These records take, and happy should I be
Were but the Gift a meet Return to thee
For kindnesses that never ceased to flow,
And prompt self-sacrifice to which I owe
Far more than any heart but mine can know.

Gt Barton

In Bury St Edmunds, Gt Barton on July 31, 2005 at 4:51 pm


9am 9.2 miles in 1hr 20 mins. Year to date mileage 680 miles, Month to date 145 miles, average miles per week this year 22.4 and average per month 98.

Weather was dull and overcast.

Course: A simple out and back course to Gt Barton out on the Fornham Road into the village and return. On the route you pass the old plague stone. This has been moved from its original position where it was set not to far from the old market place. The idea being that any visitor such as a farmer coming into the town would wash their coins in the plague stone . The stone is hollowed out at the top and would have been filled with vinegar. It was falsely believed that bubonic plague could be passed from person to person so the idea was to clean the coins.

The bridge above is known as the Abbots Bridge and is part of the monastery. Once a place of pilgrimage & worship which was second only to Rome.

The old ruined building is the remains of a friary.

The blue buildings are the the site of the old forge at Gt Barton.

There are many medieval buildings in Bury St Edmunds the photo above shows a row I pass on the run.