By Tim Lambert

630 A monastery is founded on the site of Bury St Edmunds

869 King Edmund is martyred

1100 Bury St Edmunds is a flourishing town

1150 Bury St Edmunds has a population of about 4,000. The main industry in the town is making wool.

1180 Moyses Hall is built

1214 The barons swear an oath in Bury St Edmunds Abbey to force the king to accept Magna Carta

1235 Bury St Edmunds gains two annual fairs

1465 Bury St Edmunds abbey burns down

1539 Bury St Edmunds abbey is closed

1550 Kind Edward founds a grammar school at Bury St Edmunds

1589 Plague strikes Bury St Edmunds

1606 Bury St Edmunds is given a charter (a document granting the townspeople certain rights).

1608 Bury St Edmunds is badly damaged by a fire

1637 Bury St Edmunds is struck by plague again. The population of Bury is about 5,000 making it a large town.

1693 Cupola House is built

1700 Bury St Edmunds has declined in importance and is becoming a market town rather than a manufacturing centre.

1780 Market Cross is built in Bury St Edmunds

1801 Bury St Edmunds has a population of about 7,665, a respectable size

1811 A body of men is formed to pave, clean and light the streets

1819 Theatre Royal is built

1834 Bury St Edmunds gains gas light

1837 The Church of St Edmund is built

<1846 Bury St Edmunds is connected to Ipswich by rail

1899 The Borough Museum opens

1900 Bury St Edmunds has a population of 16,000

1914 St James Church is made Bury St Edmunds Cathedral

1916 A zeppelin raid kills 7 people

1952 Bury Water Tower is built

1964 A new Police Station is built

1972 Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery opens

1974 A new District Hospital opens

1975 A new Sports Centre is built

1987 A new Fire Station is built

1993 Manor House Museum opens

2001 An Internet Bench opens

A history of Bury St Edmunds

A timeline of Cambridge

A timeline of Ipswich

A timeline of Chelmsford

A timeline of London