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Bury St Edmunds Town Centre

In Abbey Gardens, Abbey Hotel, Bartholomew Gosnold, Bury St Edmunds, Dorothey Wordsworth, Godspeed, Henry Crabb Robinson, Jamestown, Kelvin Davis, Moyse's Hall, St Mary's Square, St Peter's, Thomas Clarkson on July 1, 2007 at 9:13 am


8.30am 6 miles in 50 mins 27 seconds

Week to date mileage 34 miles

Month to date mileage 6

Average weekly rate 30.2 miles

Average monthly rate 131

Year to date 784

Lifetime 10377

I decided on a short easy run as time was limited. With no particular course in mind I decided on a run around Bury. I still find I see things which I haven’t spotted before and it is a beautiful town despite all the current changes around the cattle market.

I set off towards town along Out Westgate Street and St Peters Church which is rather hidden behind the fish and chip shop and the Elephant and Castle Pub.

I headed along Cullum Road and into the water meadows to see what the effect of the recent rains had been. Although the water levels are high it didn’t appear too flooded and I have seen footpaths flooded recently but not today. Not sure what this bird is but it looked like a puffy youngster.

In Southgate Street is the Abbey Hotel which dates to the 13th century. There is an Oast House here where there was once the Southgate Brewery.

Just up from here is St Mary’s Square and the site of the Greene King Brewery boxes in one corner.

There must be a book that could be written about this square there being so much history and famous people who have lived here or have visited. Once the home of the horse market in Bury St Edmunds, it was also the home of Thomas Clarkson the abolitionist, Dorothey Wordsworth stayed here when visiting Henry Crabb Robinson who lived in Southgate Street and in recent times the home of Kelvin Davis once an Ipswich Town goalkeeper now at Southampton.

From here I ran through the graveyard and into the Abbey Gardens. The secret garden with its central sundial, roses and heather was looking wonderful.

As part of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown said to be the birthplace of America there is now a gardening based recreation of the Godspeed one of the 3 ships which sailed to America and was captained by a Suffolk man Bartholomew Gosnold.

Bartholomew Gosnold’s daughter Martha was baptised in St Edmundsbury Cathedral and is said to be buried in an unmarked grave in the great churchyard alongside it. Gosnold named Martha’s Vineyard after his infant daughter Martha who had died before he embarked on his first exploratory voyage to the New World in 1601

Around the Abbey Gardens before back through the town centre past Moyse’s Hall.
One of the doorways with the bars must date from the days when this was a gaol and a police station.

I spent the last 20 minutes of the run up and down Risbygate Street and Newmarket Road. An easy run but good mileage for the week totaling 34 miles.

Famous Men and Women of Suffolk No 7 in a Series

In Henry Crabb Robinson, John Constable, Louise Rame, Matthew Hopkins, Ouida, Robert Bloomfield, Thomas Gainsborough, William Alabaster on November 25, 2005 at 7:56 pm

In previous posts I have mentioned some of the famous men and women of Suffolk including

No 6 Henry Crabb Robinson – Diarist- Born in Bury St Edmunds
No 5 Thomas Gainsborough – Landscape and Portrait Artist – Born in Sudbury
No 4 Matthew Hopkins – Witchfinder General – Born in Ipswich
No 3 Louise Rame – Ouida – Author – Born in Bury St Edmunds
No 2 Robert Bloomfield – Poet- Born in Bury St Edmunds
No 1 John Constable – Romantic Landscape Artist – Born in East Bergholt

No 7 – William Alabaster 1567 – 1640 I mention because he was born in Hadleigh which is of course the venue for this Sundays 10 mile race.

His claim to fame was that he wrote Roxana, a Senecan tragedy in Latin. He is known for his theological works, including De bestia Apocalypsis (Delft, 1621) and Ecce sponsus venit (1633) and a Lexicon Pentaglotton (1637).

He was created Doctor of Divinity at Cambridge by royal command of King James the !st in 1614.

His personal sonnets included

“My friends, whose kindness doth their judgments blind”

My friends, whose kindness doth their judgments blind,
Know you, say they, the dangers where you run,
Which zeal hides from you, but compassion
Tells us? You feel the blow, the smart we find.
I know it well, and as I call to mind,
This is the bill: dearness, affection,
Friends, fortune, pleasure, fame, hope, life undone,
Want, prison, torment, death, shame–what behind?
Is then my sense transel’mented to steel,
That neither this, nor that, nor all, can feel,
Nor can it bend my mind, which theirs doth break?
Not so, nor so; for I am not insensate,
But feel a double grief that for Christ’s sake
I have no more to spend, nor have spent that

I understand some of the sonnets from Alabaster have been covered by Vaughan Williams though I have never heard them myself. Anyone familiar with his works?

If you are running on Sunday in Hadleigh spare a thought for him.

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.