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Have your say shaping Bury’s town centre for the future

Your views are wanted to help shape Bury St Edmunds town centre’s future, whether you live, work, shop or visit there. An eight-week consultation starts Monday online and at venues across the town (see below) to gather views on how a town centre masterplan should look.

Bury Town Centre by Mecha Morton
Improving the 'not very welcoming' view that greets people arriving at Bury bus station is part of the plan. Picture : Mecha Morton


A dilapidated late 17th century, Grade II* listed property with fine staircases and panelled rooms. It was acquired from the Borough Council, the ground floor having been let as the Tourist information Centre. Repairs were carried out by the Trust when it acquired the building. The property was returned to a single dwelling and the restoration was competed by the purchaser.

Completed: 2016.
Architect: David Mizon.

6 Angel Hill


In 2010 the Trust, in collaboration with the Bury Society and the Borough Council, assisted with the repairs to the Grade II Listed terra cotta Blanchard planter (1874) in St Mary’s Square.

Completed: 2010.

Blanchard Planter


This property, now called The Maltings, was bought by the Borough Council who were unable to find anyone to take over the derelict site. A feasibility study for Age Concern indicated a cost of £2.5m for conversion to a Day Centre. The Trust suggested a lower cost scheme but, although a Heritage Lottery grant of £802,000 was offered, the charity withdrew as it was under pressure to find a quicker solution. At the same time (2004), St Matthew Housing was seeking a town centre office and the old maltings offered both office space and a site to the rear for five new flats, two of which were specially designed for the disabled. The Trust worked closely with The Maltings Project until completion. The final cost was £1.45m.

Completed: 2004.
Architects: John Abbott and Malcolm Lowe.

The Maltings
The Maltings

98a, 99 & 100 RISBYGATE STREET

Formerly a motor cycle showroom with workshop to the rear. The premises had been given consent for demolition and office redevelopment. The Trust purchased the property after a series of developers had defaulted, and constructed three self-contained shops with three flats above on the street elevation. In addition, four new dwellings were constructed to the rear on the former workshop space.

Completed: 1998.
Architects: Richard Scales and Ralph Carpenter.

Bowers Motor Cycle Showroom
Bowers Motor Cycle Showroom


Built on the location of St. Margaret’s Gate. This property was acquired on the open market from Suffolk County Council who were using it as offices. Restored and divided into two dwellings, as originally constructed in the 18th century.

Completed: 1991.
Architect: Max Milburn.

3 Honey Hill


In co-operation with the Trustees of the Unitarian Church, the Bury Society, the Borough Council and English Heritage, the Meeting House was restored in 1991. The Trust gave a substantial donation toward this restoration, which unlocked a promised grant from the local authority, and set up a management company as a separate charity.

Completed: 1991.



Connected to 79 Raingate Street and renovated contemporaneously.

Completed: 1988.
Architect: Martin Whitworth.

4 Honey Hill 1


Formerly the Coach and Horses public house and connected to 4 Honey Hill. Extensively renovated by the Trust. Successive centuries of repair were uncovered and what appeared to be a typical mid-Victorian building was found to date back to the 15th century.

Completed: 1988.
Architect: Martin Whitworth.

79 Raingate Street


Acquired derelict and restored.

Completed: 1984.
Architect: David Brown.

Shaker's Lane
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