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I promised pics of Bury St Edmuds about…ohhh…EIGHT MONTHS AGO! But, um, the PhD has eaten my brain and my life. So, here ya go. I took these on Christmas morning, hence the ghost-townishness of them!

The Theatre Royal, the UK's only extant  working Regency-era theatre, and a National Trust building. I live behind it.

The Theatre Royal, the UK’s only extant working Regency-era theatre, and a National Trust building. I live behind it.

Across the street from the theatre is the Greene King Brewery, circa 1799. We live in a GK-owned house and are surrounded by several brewery buildings.

Across the street from the theatre is the Greene King Brewery, circa 1799. We live in a GK-owned house and are surrounded by several brewery buildings.

You can take a tour of the brewery starting in the building in the previous pic.

You can take a tour of the brewery starting in the building in the previous pic.

Our closest 'local' (aka, the pub), a 17th-century house that was bought by the Greene King in the late 1800s.

Our closest ‘local’ (aka, the pub), called the Dog & Partridge, a 17th-century house that was bought by the Greene King in the late 1800s.

One of my favorite things about living in such an old place is seeing how the buildings have aged over the centuries. (front window of the D&P)

One of my favorite things about living in such an old place is seeing how the buildings have aged over the centuries. (front window of the D&P)

Bury is full of Tudor-era houses.

Bury is full of Tudor-era houses.

On the walk into town. First we pass St. Mary's, much of it from the 13th-16th centuries, and the burial place of Henry VIII's sister Mary Tudor, once Queen of France.

On the walk into town. First we pass St. Mary’s, much of it from the 13th-16th centuries, and the burial place of Henry VIII’s sister Mary Tudor, once Queen of France.

Next door is St Edmundsbury Cathedral, once part of the old Abbey and mostly rebuilt in the early 16th century. The new tower, smaller than the original, was finished only 10 years ago.

Next door is St Edmundsbury Cathedral, once part of the old Abbey and mostly rebuilt in the early 16th century. The new tower, smaller than the original, was finished only 10 years ago.

Behind the cathedral are the abbey ruins.

Behind the cathedral are extensive abbey ruins.

Squirrel!

Squirrel!

And abbey gate still stands as an entrance to the abbey gardens.

And abbey gate still stands as an entrance to the abbey gardens.

One view inside the abbey gate.

One view inside the abbey gate.

Looking toward town from the abbey gate.

Looking toward town from the abbey gate.

Up Abbeygate Street to the shops.

Up Abbeygate Street to the shops.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays this street is full of market stalls. There has been a market in Bury for *hundreds* of years.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays this street is full of market stalls. There has been a market in Bury for *hundreds* of years.

This square is also full of market stalls twice a week. And yep, that's a Starbucks in the corner next to the Marks & Spenser!

This square is also full of market stalls twice a week. And yep, that’s a Starbucks in the corner!

The newer shopping district, called the Arc.

The newer shopping district, called the Arc, with flats above the shops.

The Cathedral tower in the background, with Victorian-era chimney pots and the Norman Tower (1120s) on the left.

The Cathedral tower in the background, with Victorian-era chimney pots and the Norman Tower (1120s) on the left.

Close-up of the Normal Tower.

Close-up of the Normal Tower.

The Abbey Gardens, May 2015, looking all pretty and fluffy!

The Abbey Gardens, May 2015, looking all pretty and fluffy!

Aaaaand, home.

Aaaaand, home.

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