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Abbey Gardens Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

In Abbey Gardens, Abbey Gate, Bury St Edmunds, Ouida, St Edmundsbury Cathedral on September 2, 2007 at 6:35 pm

7.50am 7.4 miles in 1 hr mins 2 seconds
Week to date mileage 40.6 miles
Month to date mileage 18
Average weekly rate 30.2 miles
Average monthly rate 131
Year to date 1056
Lifetime 10649

After a good weeks running and feeling a little tired I decided to take it easy on my hour run by doing a circuit of my nearly measured circular run. Starting at the Ouida memorial at the bottom of Vinery Road I head up hill along Hardwick Lane.Following the road around in a circle to take back towards town along Cullum Road before heading back along Out Westgate Street and back to the Ouida memorial. Has any read or got an Ouida novel? A 2.21 mile circuit according to mapmyrun.com. I didn’t run very quickly but ran an 18.20 time.

After this I turned back along Out Westgate Street and into Bury. The Albert Buildings and the Chapel both date from 1840. At this time Bury St Edmunds had just gained its first Police Force in 1836 the gas works had just been built but the town had yet to be connected by rail to any other towns.

We are very fortunate to live in Bury St Edmunds and have the wonderful Abbey Gardens on our door step. It is a place I never tire of visiting and it makes a great place for a run. It was here I headed next.

It was quite at this time of the morning with just a few early bird families heading for the swings and one or two tourists consulting maps. Running here doesn’t feel like work at all as you are totally distracted by everything around you and time passes though the benches looked tempting.

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Horsecroft Nowton and Bury St Edmunds Circular Run

In Hardwick Heath, Horsecroft, Nowton, Ouida on October 13, 2006 at 11:02 am


8am 7.5 miles in 1 hour 2 mins 25 seconds

Week to date mileage 14

Month to date mileage 47

Average weekly rate 30.1

Average Monthly rate 131

Year to Date 1232

Life time 9252

I set of for my run up Hospital Road past the statue of Ouida. This statue has seen better days and could do with a clean anyone listening?? Its design is to provide a drinking trough for dogs and horses. Her real name was Louise Rame and she was born in Bury St Edmunds in 1839 died 1908.

This memorial stone was placed in 1908 from funds raised by national newspapers . Apparently several thousand people came from all over the country came to pay tribute to this author who was one of the most popular novelists of her age.

Has anyone ever read one of her stories? They appear to be romantic tales perhaps a bit Catherine Cookson and include

Under Two Flags (1867), Moths (1880), and In Maremma (1882). Her stories for children include Two Little Wooden Shoes (1874), Bimbi (1882), andthe Dog of Flanders (1872).

One of her quotations was “A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.”

She made a lot of money from her books but apparently squandered it in London at Langhams where she held large parties. Apparently she wrote a number of her books at Langhams surrounded by candles writing with a quill on purple paper. She died in near poverty in Italy.

Her statue is largely forgotten these days.

I continued my run through Hardwick Heath which has some wonderful trees including large Cedar of Lebanon trees and was once the home of Italian prisioners of war.


I soon picked up the Hencote Lane path which takes you across the centre of farms which I presume belong to the Horsecroft farm. In the middle of the field there is a fourway crossing point where the Bury to Clare footpath meets the Hencote Lane path and I took the former back to Nowton. The pathways were particulalrly wet and my feet were soaked.

Back past Breckley Ley House and along by Nowton Park into Bury through the graveyard and the town centre and

home.

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.

Hardwick Path & Clare Footpath

In Bury St Edmunds, Hardwick Heath, Louise Rame, Ouida on August 5, 2005 at 1:54 pm

1pm 7 miles in 59 mins. Year to date mileage 697 miles, Month to date 18 miles, average miles per week this year 22.5 and average per month 98.

Weather: Sunshine and clouds.

Course: From the town centre head towards the West Suffolk Hospital picking up the footpath for the St Edmunds Way. This takes you through Hardwick Heath and you then pick up the Clare footpath. I returned on the same route when I reached Horsecroft farm.

Hardwick Heath was a former prisioner of war camp which housed many Italian troops in temporary accommodation. The prisioners were put to work building roads and many of them stayed after the war.

This statue has seen better days . Its design is to provide a drinking trough for dogs and horses. It is however a memorial stone to a victorian author called Ouida. Real name was Louise Rame was born in Bury St Edmunds -1839- 1908.

This memorial stone was placed in 1908 from funds raised by national newspapers . Apparently several thousand people came from all over the country to pay tribute to this author who was one of the most popular novelists of her age.

I have never seen or read one of her stories. They appear to be romantic tales and include

Under Two Flags (1867), Moths (1880), and In Maremma (1882). Her stories for children include Two Little Wooden Shoes (1874), Bimbi (1882), andthe Dog of Flanders (1872).