For my Christmas blog I wanted to do something a little bit more special, so I thought what could be nicer than if I took you for a walk around my lovely home town of Bury St. Edmunds, and showed you some of the locations that occur in The Book of Eve?The heart of Bury is a large open space called the Buttermarket. Usually, cars are allowed to park here, but every Wednesday and Saturday, at Christmas and for special events, the area is cleared and large markets are held here. Facing the Buttermarket is Moyses Hall, the oldest building in Bury. Dating back to medieval times, it is now a small museum of local interest and I think this would definitely have been on Eve’s list of places to visit when sightseeing with Luke.
Bury is full of charming little side streets, one of which is Hatter Street. This is where Mimi’s shop is located; can you guess which one it is? Close to Hatter Street is the Angel Hill, where the famous Angel Hotel stands. Charles Dickens wrote part of the Pickwick Papers here and was so charmed by the place that he had his characters stay there. Looking at another view of the Angel Hill, you can see the Victorian building where the borough offices are located, looking above them you can just about see the balcony and windows of Scott’s apartment. Cross the road from the Angel Hotel and you’re in the lovely Abbey Gardens, dominated, as so much of Bury is, by the amazing cathedral. Wander amongst the gardens as Eve and Mimi did in the book and you’ll see the ruins which in the eleventh century formed one of the largest abbeys in Britain.
As you can probably tell, I love my home town and think it’s one of the best little towns to live in. One of the great things about Bury being that even the humblest of back gardens can have a fantastic view.
I really hope you’ve enjoyed our brief sightseeing tour and, as usual, if you have any comments or remarks, please visit my facebook page where I would love to hear from you. Finally, I would like to wish all my family, friends and readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.