Plans for blue plaque at Cupola House in Bury St Edmunds

The rebuilt Cupola House
The rebuilt Cupola House
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The Bury Society plans to install a blue plaque on Cupola House to acknowledge the landmark’s recent rebuild after it was destroyed by fire.

The charity which cares for the town’s heritage has agreed to pay for the plaque to be placed on the outside of the building, in The Traverse.

Chairman Martyn Taylor said they would like the feature to read: “Cupola House from 1693. Consumed by fire 2012. Rebuilt 2016.”

He said that although the fire is well known among residents now, the plaque would act as a future reminder of the blaze that ‘wiped out over 300 years of legacy of the building’ which once stood there.

It would complement the eight other blue plaues on landmarks around the town.

Simon Marks, associate at Purcell, the architects of the Cupola rebuild, said they anticipate the plaque will be installed once all the details have been agreed and planning approval received.

A stone plaque dating from 1907 is displayed inside Cupola House stating that Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe, stayed there. However, historians have questioned whether Defoe did actually stay at the building.

A Bourgee restaurant is due to open at the rebuilt Cupola at the end of March.