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Martha’s Vineyard – Run around St Edmundsbury Graveyard

In Bartholomew Gosnold, Jamestown, St Edmundsbury Churchyard, Virginnia on June 22, 2009 at 9:43 pm


For todays’s run around Bury St Edmunds part of my route took me through the great grave yard. If you ever visit Bury then this is a place of much interest with interesting inscriptions and of course great history.

In an early post on the 21st of June I mentioned how there were many links between Suffolk and the USA particularly with regard to the early settlers and as a result the many place names in the States which carry a Suffolk place name.


Bartholomew Gosnold was born in 1572 in Grundisburgh Suffolk, His ancestral home was Otley Hall in the heart of rural Suffolk.

It was in Bury St Edmunds that Gosnold made his home and his children are recorded in the parish register of St James Church

Gosnold graduated from Cambridge University where he studied law and in his short life of just 36 years he is considered to be the founder of the Virginnia Company of London and of Jamestown in Virginnia.

The Virginnia Company of London was established under royal charter during the reign of James the 1st with the purpose of establishing colonial settlements in North America.

Gosnold died of dysentery and scurvy just months after landing at Jamestown. Two thirds of the 104 colonists who landed at Jamestown were dead within months. However without this expeditation and colonisation it is said that North Americans would now be speaking Spanish as their principal language!


Gosnold led the first recorded European expeditation of Cape Cod in 1602. During this voyage he named ‘Martha’s Vineyard’ after his infant daughter who had died a few years earlier. Martha was baptised in St Edmundsbury Cathedral (then the church of St James) and is buried in an unmarked grave in the great churchyard.



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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.