Monument record BSE 139 - Town Defences: W section (Sax)

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Summary

Assumed line of town ditch (see below) from the Risby Gate (BSE 067) to the West Gate (BSE 066).

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 8518 6423 (69m by 1054m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL86SE
Civil Parish BURY ST EDMUNDS, ST EDMUNDSBURY, SUFFOLK

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Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Assumed line of town ditch (see below) from the Risby Gate (BSE 067) to the West Gate (BSE 066). Based on building (& wall/ bank? ) line on Downing's & Warren's maps of 1740 & 1747 (S1)(S2), the ditch, if followed by the later defence line, presumably ran along the E side of St Andrews Street South.
The evidence for a LSax origin is based on William of Malmesbury quoting a tradition that Cnut (AD 1016-1035) had built a ditch round the town (S3)(R1).
2010: Part of the town ditch seen in monitoring BSE 295 (S4).
For continuation to N see BSE 136 and to S, see BSE 140.
Also Med & PMed.

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <R1> (No record type): Malmesbury, W. of. Malmesbury W, Gesta Pontificum Anglorum, 155.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: copy (S1)(S2)(S3).
  • <S1> (No record type): Downing A, A new and accurate plan of the Ancient Borough of Bury St Edmunds, 1740.
  • <S2> (No record type): Warren T, map, A Survey of the Ancient Borough of Bury St Edmunds, 1747.
  • <S3> (No record type): West S E, PSIA, 32, 1970, 17-24.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Tester, A.. 2010. Archaeological Monitoring Report, Land to Rear of 82 Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds, BSE 295.

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Record last edited

Feb 9 2011 10:59AM

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