Redevelopment of the Cattle Market
Way back in 2004 there was much discussion about the redevelopment of the Cattle Market. A company called Centros Miller were proposing to a number of market towns around the country, new shoppong centres.
They had enlisted Debenhams, and they were also working alongside the Johnson Press, who, has it happened at the time, also owned the Bury Free Press.
A local referendum was held whereby around 80% of the respondents voted against the plan, however, St Edmundsbury Borough Council were enamoured by the attention being paid to the town, despite this not being a popular decision.
It is widely believed that The Knights of St Edmund laid a curse upon the site, but this is not correct. They invoked A Commination which invokes denouncing of God’s Anger and Judgements against Sinners. Interestingly enough, this is from the St James Bible of 1662.
Yet, people such as Cllr John Griffiths, and the deputy of the council, Cllr Andrew Varley labeled it incorrectly as a curse.
30 October 2005 http://hoaxes.org/weblog/comments/the_curse_of_saint_edmund
November 18, 2005 https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/group-criticised-after-web-comments-7453056
21 November 2005 https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/knights-curse-bury-shop-plans-7452998