Slice of history commemorated

AN important slice of local history has finally been commemorated following a resident's tireless decade-long campaign to gain recognition of an important medieval bridge.

AN important slice of local history has finally been commemorated following a resident's tireless decade-long campaign to gain recognition of an important medieval bridge.

Doreen Tilley, who lives in Bury St Edmunds, saw her 11-year dream come true when the location of a 13th Century crossing in Southgate Street was marked forever with a special plaque last week.

It is hoped the sign, donated by Bury Town Council, will quickly become a talking point - as the Norman bridge, which stretches across the River Linnett, was covered over in the 1970s and few residents actually know it is there.

“I didn't know anything about the bridge until I was walking round Bury with a friend in 1994 and she said she had some photographs of it,” said Mrs Tilley.

“I thought it ought to be recognised and tried various bodies. One expert came along to look at it and, after wading through the water, said it was a 13th Century medieval bridge which was worth saving, as it was in beautiful condition.

“I am absolutely delighted the plaque is now up, and hopefully it will become a talking point.

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“The bridge has lots of lovely Norman arches, so getting the plaque has been well worth it and I'm so pleased it is done.”

Mike Ames, town mayor, said the council had been happy to assist following Mrs Tilley's approach.

“It is obviously something which a resident of the town has wanted for a very long time, and it is nice that we were able to help,” he said.

“It is a hidden gem of Bury, dating back to the 13th Century, and I am sure a lot of people are not aware that it is there.

“There are not that many people with local knowledge about these days, and it is important that this knowledge gets passed onto future generations.”