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Quick links on this page Kett's Rebellion 1549 Haverhill's two churches 1551 Lady Jane & Queen Mary 1553 England Catholic again 1555 England Protestant again 1559 Suffolk has own Sheriff 1576 Royal Progress to Norwich 1578 Spanish Armada 1588 Suffolk's Puritan clergy 1597 Gunpowder Plot 1605 Bury's first Charter 1606 Bury gets two MP's 1614 Hard times in Bury 1622 Laud attacks Puritans 1633 First Civil War 1642 Second Civil War 1648 King Charles I executed 1649 Restoration of Charles II 1660 Euston Hall society 1671 King now runs Corporation 1684 Glorious Revolution 1688 Celia Fiennes Tour 1698 Foot of Page 1699 Prior to the Dissolution of the Monasteries the Abbot of the Abbey of St Edmund upheld the King's law and imposed, and collected, taxes in the whole of the area later to become West Suffolk. The last abbot, John Reeve, was given a pension, and may have lived his remaining days in this house in Crown Street.
He died within a few months of the surrender of the abbey, and may never have received his generous pension of £333.
The library of books at the abbey does not seem to have attracted much attention from collectors at the time, and M R James thought that they were mostly acquired by local Bury people.During the time of the abbey any form of local self determination by the townspeople of Bury existed solely through the Candlemas Guild and later the Guildhall Feoffment Trust.