The city of Bury St Edmunds is home to a number of graveyards, monuments and memorials that are steeped in history. The oldest burial ground in the city is the Edmunds Burial Grounds, which dates back to the early 1800s. This graveyard was within the corporate limits of Edmunds and has been mentioned in a newspaper article by Editor Schumacher.
Other notable graveyards in Bury St Edmunds include Bury St Edmunds Cemetery, which was opened in 1855 and is located near the ancestral home of Edmund’s family; The Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Westgarth Gardens; and Barrow Cemetery.
There are also several historic burying grounds located throughout the city, such as Bardwell Baptist Burial Ground and Cathedral Grounds.
Visitors to these sites can learn more about their history from CWGC (Commonwealth War Graves Commission) or through surveys conducted by staff and volunteers of the Historic Burying Grounds Initiative. Additionally, Pinterest provides some great images of these sites for those looking for a visual representation of what they may find when visiting one of these locations.
No matter where you choose to visit, there is something special about exploring these ancient burial grounds and monuments that will stay with you long after your visit has ended.
The best place to check out the graveyards in Bury St Edmunds, has to have a starting point at the Great Churchyard near the Norman Tower. The headstones have some very interesting stories attached to them.