Bury St Edmunds is a market town in Suffolk, East Anglia which holds a twice weekly award-winning market on Wednesdays and Saturdays that date as far back as 945. Once home to one of the most powerful monasteries in medieval Europe, the town, originally called Beodericsworth, was built on a grid pattern by Abbot Baldwin around 1080. Bury St Edmunds has some extraordinary architecture such as the town's glorious Cathedral which is built on the site of the Benedictine Abbey and has been used for religious purposes for the previous three centuries. The Cathedral overlooks the Abbey Gardens which was first laid out as a Botanic Garden in 1831. Bury St Edmunds is also home to the Greene King Brewery, one of the UK’s most prolific brewers and the British Sugar processing factory, where Silver Spoon sugar is produced. The town is the cultural and retail centre for West Suffolk boasting a variety of attractions including Britain’s only surviving regency playhouse (The Theatre Royal), live music venue (The Apex), museums, churches, galleries, restaurants, bars and shops.
State education in Bury St Edmunds and its catchment area is a three-tier system however this will be changing to a two tier system from September 2016. There are ten primary schools, six middle schools, four of which will be closed from September 2016 and three Upper schools located in Bury St Edmunds with a number of schools also located in the surrounding villages. Bury St Edmunds also benefits from two private preparatory schools, South Lee School and Moreton Hall Preparatory School which are based in the town and one public school, Culford School which is located just outside in the village Culford. West Suffolk College and University Campus Suffolk provide further education.
Bury St Edmunds lies in the west of the county of Suffolk, in the region of East Anglia. It is located just off the A14 at junction 43 and has good links to all major roads in East Anglia with London less than two hours drive away. Bury St Edmunds railway station serves the town and is on the Ipswich to Ely line. Trains run seven days a week to Peterborough, Ipswich and Cambridge with onward train connection from Cambridge to London and Norwich. Regular bus services from the bus station link the town centre with the main residential housing areas of the two and also neighbouring towns such as Newmarket, Stowmarket, Haverhill and Ipswich.
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