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Church of St Edmund

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.2407 / 52°14'26"N

Longitude: 0.7131 / 0°42'47"E

OS Eastings: 585340

OS Northings: 263744

OS Grid: TL853637

Mapcode National: GBR QF0.F3W

Mapcode Global: VHKD4.9YV5

Entry Name: Church of St Edmund

Listing Date: 7 August 1952

Last Amended: 30 October 1997

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1142338

English Heritage Legacy ID: 467702

Location: Bury St. Edmunds, St. Edmundsbury, Suffolk, IP33

County: Suffolk

District: St. Edmundsbury

Civil Parish: Bury St Edmunds

Built-Up Area: Bury St Edmunds

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Bury St Edmunds St Mary

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Listing Text


639-1/15/681 (South side)
07/08/52 Church of St Edmund
(Formerly Listed as:
(South side)
Church of St Edmunds (Roman


Catholic church. 1837. By Charles Day of Worcester; in Grecian
style. Red brick with a stone-faced facade. 3 bays. A
projecting central entrance portico with 2 tall fluted Ionic
columns in antis is approached by a flight of stone steps.
Plain red brick to sides with a stone cornice band and a row
of 5 diamond-leaded attic windows in recessed reveals.
INTERIOR: the surround to the main entrance was a marble
fireplace, a composite piece, with doors belonging to the 2
altar surrounds of c1735, which were originally doorcases. All
these features came from Rushbrooke Hall in 1959. The
pilastered interior, remodelled in 1877, has a partly glazed
and deeply coved panelled ceiling with rosettes. The short
sanctuary is behind a screen of 2 Ionic columns.
To the west of the church is the apsidal Blessed Sacrament
Chapel. This was originally built as a private chapel and
formed part of the adjoining Presbytery (qv) but was formally
licensed for Roman Catholic worship in 1791, later falling
into disuse. It was linked to the church and re-dedicated in
1979. A Lombard frieze surrounds the walls, which are
rendered. A contemporary crypt runs below the whole of the
church and is fully used for community activities. 2 red brick
arcades of shallow rounded arches support the upper floor.
On the north side 3 arches are blocked; they contain reset
early C19 gravestones commemorating some of the Jesuits who
were responsible for the C18 and early C19 organisation of the
Roman Catholic congregation in the Bury St Edmunds area.
(Rowe J: The Story of Catholic Bury St Edmunds, Coldham, etc.:
bury St Edmunds: 1980-: 14).

Listing NGR: TL8534063744

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