Bury St. Edmunds

Bury St. Edmunds

[ber-ee-seynt ed-muhndz, -suhnt-]
Bury St. Edmunds, town (1991 pop. 30,563), Suffolk, E central England. It is the market and processing center for the surrounding rich farm region. The town also has engineering works, a brewery, timber yards, and a beet-sugar factory. In 903 the remains of King Edmund were interred here in a monastery, founded c.630, which later became a famous shrine and Benedictine abbey founded by Canute. In 1214, English barons struggling against King John took an oath in the abbey to compel him to accept their demands. The result was the Magna Carta (1215). Among the buildings of historical interest in the town are a Norman gate, ruins of St. James Cathedral, and a 15th-century church. Moyses Hall, a Norman residence, has been made into a museum.
The Nutshell in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, England is thought to be the smallest pub in Britain, although this claim is challenged by several others, including the Smiths Arms at Godmanstone. Whatever the truth of its claim, the pub is certainly diminutive, there being very little room for more than ten or fifteen customers to drink at any one time. In 1984, a record number of 102 people squeezed into the pub .

Inside the pub is the suspended dried body of a black cat. Builders used to brick cats up behind chimney hearths, where they died of starvation and heat. The body was discovered during building work.

The pub measures 15ft by 7ft .

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