I know I had good intentions to photograph something other than a church this week, but the lure was too good to resist when I visited Bury St. Edmunds for a meeting today. Instead of heading to the Cathedral I popped into St. Mary’s, just a stone’s throw up the street. Like the Cathedral, it was once part of Bury St. Edmunds’ abbey’s precincts. It’s reputed to have the second longest nave of any parish church in England and could easily have become the city’s Cathedral if neighbouring St. James’ hadn’t been chosen instead.
Its other claim to fame is as the final resting place of Mary Tudor, sister to King Henry VIII and, briefly, Queen of France. Her unassuming tomb sits beside the high altar, marked by a simple stone plaque.
The church was almost deserted today so I had all the time I wanted to potter. I found some wonderful animal carvings on the choir stalls near the altar and I was very glad I’d brought my tripod to deal with the dark wood and low light levels.
11 January 2019