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Books by Martyn Taylor

  • Lost Bury St Edmunds

    Martyn Taylor

    Product Code: BZJHV
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    Bury St Edmunds is a proud and traditional medieval market town that has managed to preserve its identity in the face of postwar modernisation and today attracts thousands of visitors to enjoy its unique charms. St Johns Street was saved by concerned residents in 1971 and is still full of distinctive independent shops today. But it hasn't all been good news: the demise of the cattle market and associated flea market was a major blow to the town and an ultra-modern development, The Arc, now stands there instead; the town has lost every greengrocer and almost every butcher and baker, while over 40 pubs have closed and with them the traditional games and sports that we participated in before the advent of the modern technological age. Lost Bury St Edmunds is a fully illustrated book that sheds light on the town's past and will appeal to visitors as well as residents who will have the fondest of memories of what was once there.
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  • Bury St Edmunds in 50 Buildings

    Martyn Taylor

    Product Code: BQYQX
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    From the Middle Ages, when this historic market town grew as a thriving centre of the wool industry, to its current status as a popular tourist destination and cultural and retail hub for West Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds has a proud and distinctive identity. This extraordinary history is embodied in the many fine buildings that have shaped the town. Bury St Edmunds in 50 Buildings explores the history of this rich and vibrant community through a selection of its greatest architectural treasures. From the remains of its famous Abbey to the new Gothic-Revival cathedral tower, built as part of the Millenium Project between 2000 and 2005, this unique study celebrates Truro's architectural heritage in a new and accessible way. Local author and historian Martyn Taylor guides the reader on a tour of the town's historic buildings and modern architectural marvels.
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  • Bury St Edmunds at Work

    Martyn Taylor

    Product Code: BHZYU
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    Farming has always been synonymous with this part of England. The Benedictine Abbey here owned and controlled the town for over 500 years and the employment of the townspeople was centred around provisioning this huge religious domiciliary. As time went by Bury went on to thrive as a wool town until the eighteenth century saw a downturn in the wool trade with the resulting unemployment. The mid-nineteenth century saw a slow move to industrialisation in the town though trades had always flourished. New industries arrived such as the Greene King brewery, Bobys Engineering, the Cornish and Lloyd Foundry and then of course the Sugar Beet Factory. Bury St Edmunds At Work explores the life of this Suffolk town and its people, from pre-industrial beginnings through to the present day. In a fascinating series of contemporary photographs and illustrations it looks at the impact that the Industrial Revolution had on the town, the consequences of rapid urbanisation, the changes in the industrial landscape during the Victorian era, the impact of war and the postwar population explosion with the arrival of The London Overspill in the 1960s which also brought new jobs and new hopes. This book shows how the town has evolved to become not only an important tourist destination but a very desirable place to live and work.
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  • Bury St Edmunds Through Time

    Martyn Taylor

    Product Code: BDAHR
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    Originally called Bedricesworth, pilgrims came to worship at the shrine containing the martyred King Edmund, thus lending his name to the town. The enormous Benedictine Abbey of St Edmundsbury, alas now in ruins, was one of the largest in the country, extending its influence over much of Suffolk. Its existence contributed to the affluence of the town - so much so that even kings held their Parliament here! The town's affinity with Magna Carta is something it is proud of. Bury received its first charter from James I in 1606, enabling it to prosper even further with a growth envied by other towns. The twentieth century saw the creation of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. The parish church of St James became Suffolk's Cathedral; its millennium tower is magnificent inside and out. Today tourists come to enjoy the wealth of history and heritage.
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  • Bury St Edmunds History Tour

    Martyn Taylor

    Product Code: AYWOX
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    Bury St Edmunds History Tour is a unique guide to the illustrious past of one of Suffolk's finest historic gems. Originally called Bedricesworth, the name was eventually changed due to the popularity of the pilgrimage site of ninth-century East Anglian king, Edmund the Martyr. Local author Martyn Taylor guides us through the streets of this ever-popular tourist destination, showing how its famous landmarks used to look and how they've changed over the years, as well as exploring its lesser-known sights and hidden corners. With the help of a handy location map, readers are invited to follow a timeline of events and discover for themselves the changing face of Bury St Edmunds.
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  • A-Z of Bury St Edmunds

    Martyn Taylor

    Product Code: AUQJK
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    Bury St Edmunds, reputedly the oldest planned town in the country, has a medieval grid laid out by Abbot Baldwin of St Edmundsbury Abbey from 1080; still in evidence today. The subsequent stories behind these streets and many others are fascinating; how they were named, who lived where, what was there and what is now. Author Martyn Taylor takes the reader on their very own A-Z tour around the town's history, exploring the nooks and crannies, and along the way relating many a fascinating tale of the most interesting people and places. Fully illustrated with photographs from the past and present, this new A-Z guide to the town's history will appeal to residents and visitors alike.
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  • Bury St Edmunds Memories

    Martyn Taylor

    Product Code: AQIYC
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    Bury St Edmunds Memories offers a nostalgic look back at the town's past through a selection of postcards, photographs, receipts and adverts from the author's own collection. Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious Cathedral and Abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. Home to one of the most important monasteries in medieval Europe, Bury St Edmunds has witnessed feuding, intrigue, scandal and triumph in its past. Author Martyn Taylor invites the reader to step back in time and explore the town's rich and fascinating history.
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