Everyone wanted to join the tour. The fully subscribed walk attracted many more than our three guides could accommodate and you could understand why.
Martyn Taylor was the guide for our party and what a guide. He has teased out some gems in his research for his books.
We began at Basil Oliver’s Pillar of Salt and Abbey Gate and then moved onto the latest feature in the gardens the Jewish memorial with its stunning teardrop and 57 cobbles denoting the 57 lives lost when in 1109 Jews were murdered by the townspeople.
Martyn gave us a many humorous anecdotes as we made our way around town and heard the fascinating stories behind the small and seemingly insignificant plaques and engravings.
We learned about the man who saved the Norman Tower, the haunted house which needed an exorcism, the story of Mary Davers wanting to be buried 12ft down and of Mary Rose Tudor who became the Queen of France and whose tomb sits in St Mary’s Church.
All in all one of the most fascinating walks I have enjoyed. Grab a Bury St Edmunds Tour Guide when you can as they are well worth it.