The Abbey Gate was one of several passages through the wall that surrounded the vast complex of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds. It was the secular entrance which was used by the Abbey’s servants.
Here’s a story that might sound familiar: By the 14th century the Abbey became so wealthy and powerful that it owned all of West Suffolk. The Abbey even ran the Royal Mint. As is so often true, those with wealth and power never seem to get enough. The monks charged tariffs on every economic activity, including the collecting of horse droppings in the streets. It’s no surprise that they encountered hostility from the local populace.
The townspeople attacked in January of 1327, forcing a charter of liberties on the monks. When the monks reneged on this, the people attacked again in February and May. Debtors’ accounts were seized and triumphantly torn to shreds. Matters came to a head in a summer of riots. The monastery suffered extensively, as several monks lost their lives and many buildings were destroyed.
On 18 October 1327, a group of monks entered the local parish church. They threw off their habits, revealing they were armored underneath, and took several hostages. The people called for the hostages’ release but monks threw objects at them, killing some. In response, the citizens,
including a parson and 28 chaplains, swore to fight the abbey to the death. They burnt the gates and captured the abbey.
Power to the people.
Empty Niche - Abbey Gate - Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK
Photo by Charles Reeza
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11th July 2020-Whitefield Moor in the New Forest and Large White, buddleia and sunset at home
Before we left today it was nice to see a Large White butterfly on the buddleia in the garden I took the first picture in this photoset of this. In a weekend that was shaping up to be quite nice we’re doing butterfly targeted trips for ones we need to see this year usual July targets there are not many species left to see which we usually do I’ve got to say! As we walked across the heath here today I did another count that I submitted to the ‘Big Butterfly count’ website as I saw a lot of the target species for that especially Large White with 10 seen, whilst not a target for that survey there were 6 Silver-studded Blues about in the time I counted I enjoyed seeing so many on the heath throughout the mostly hot and sunny walk today I am having such a good year for these New Forest specialty butterflies I have seen so many and so well this year. 3 Peacocks, 2 Brimstones, 2 Meadow Browns and a Red Admiral and Ringlet completed the ones I counted. I took the the second, third and sixth pictures in this photoset of really beautiful views here on a really fine day, and the fifth and eighth in this photoset of a male and female Silver-studded Blue.
Just before this on the walk I saw a dragonfly species I had hoped to when a Common Darter flew by us my first of the year a key July and August species so it was nice to see it a great species for this habitat too. It turned into quite the walk for dragonflies as we got a splendid view of an Emperor dragonfly flying over a bit of water it really did come right past us to be able to make out it’s stunning colours and markings a large dragonfly that I am also having a great year for. There were also so many Keeled Skimmers flying about the heath today especially females with their succulent golden glow. It was a female day today a bit with more female than male Silver-studded Blues really whilst there were good numbers of both. I took the fourth picture in this photoset of a lovely Keeled Skimmer. One of my favourite dragonfly pictures this year I think a rare macro one as I just happened to have that lens on for this time its preferable just like butterflies to be able to get nice and close up for the picture I suppose but dragonflies are usually so much harder to get close to and so much less still so I usually use my big or normal lens to have that extra bit of distance but I managed it with the macro today which was nice.
The butterfly I had come to mostly look for today was the Common Grayling another July priority and one of my favourite butterflies. It had looked like I’d seen one fly low over the path and into a rush type area and land. But I could not be sure looking in the binoculars and as soon as I lifted them away from my eyes I could not find it again with the camera. It always surprises me in a year how similar they can look to Meadow Browns. We then completed a nice little circuit to the Holmhill Bog area a strong place for us this winter just gone for birdwatching and back. As the sun came out after a little bit of time behind clouds and temperatures started to feel a little more like July and we walked back I just had a feeling we might see a Common Grayling what I had come for late on.
And we did. My Mum spotted one I was a little further away from her and the butterfly flew towards me. I could easily see it was a beautiful little camouflage expert the Common Grayling. It looked so beautiful and special to see in this context and environment. I took the seventh picture in this photoset of it I was so elated to see it again and satisfied, it was great to watch it land a couple more times then fly off into the distance. This was a year tick for me to take my butterfly year list to 39, levelling the amount I saw in all of 2014 to make my year list my joint third highest ever which I am so thrilled with it feels so early to be saying that. It just beats 2019 and 2018 to 39 in terms of dates I did it on. It’s a relief to be saying it too as there was the obvious challenge of the impacts of coronavirus for us being able to go to places to see butterflies. Obviously the health of everyone has to come first. I am so happy to be where I am with butterflies in 2020 what a year it has been.
It’s a very fitting butterfly to see today as, detailed in my last post and tweet earlier ten years ago today I saw a Silver-washed Fritillary at Bolderwood in the New Forest near to here and as a butterfly novice wanted to know what it was which is really what I regard as how my butterfly interest started. In my fledgling interest in them aged 13 that summer one of the first species I ever noticed, photographed and used my butterfly book to study and successfully identify was a Common Grayling. As I have mentioned here before this is a key part of my connection with this species and it was an absolutely crucial moment in my early butterfly days because I was interested to know what it was but to actually work it out all by myself was a priceless feeling. So what a way to celebrate this quite important anniversary for me with a special species for me.
On the way home we saw a Spotted Flycatcher beside the Football Green car park on the edge of the forest as well as some nice Song Thrush views. When home I took the ninth and tenth pictures in this photoset of some lovely buddleia in our garden and a sunset tonight. A super Saturday for me.
Wildlife Sightings Summary at Whitefield Moor: My first of one of my favourite butterflies the Common Grayling and Common Darter of the year, two more of my favourite butterflies the Silver-studded Blue and Red Admiral, one of my favourite dragonflies the Keeled Skimmer, one of my favourite damselflies the Large Red Damselfly, two of my favourite birds the Buzzard in numbers and Jay, many Redstarts, Stonechat, Robin, a decent flock of Linnets, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow, some Black-headed Gulls in the car park which was interesting to see, Large White, Brimstone, Peacock, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Emperor dragonfly, bee and yet another common red soldier beetle.
You know what I realized? The cops in whimsical British amateur sleuth shows never have guns! I can’t speak for all of them but in Queens of Mystery and Agatha Raisin I never saw one. But these shows are set in small villages so maybe there’s not a need. Is this true in real life? As an American I am very interested considering *guestues at current US climate*