Church of St James (St Edmondsbury Cathedral)

Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

St James Bury St EdmundsThe death of Edmund, King of the East Angles, by the Danes in 869 led to the building of a Norman abbey to house the remains of the martyred monarch, who was soon regarded as a saint.

Since 1148, pilgrims have visited this shrine of St Edmund in the abbey at Bury St Edmunds. Especially for these pilgrims needs, a number of churches were once built within the precincts of the abbey, including one which was by Abbot Anselm in the twelfth century that he dedicated it to St James. Little now remains of the Benedictine Abbey following the Dissolution in 1539, but the church of St. James has gone from strength to strength.

However, it only became the cathedral church of Suffolk in the newly created Diocese of St Edmundsbury in 1914. It was, and still is, the parish church of Bury St Edmunds. The cathedral is unique in the UK in that it is still being built and the main tower was only completed in 2005.

Those known to have been baptised here:

Samuel Reffell, baptism date: 17/10/1802

Anne Maria Reffell, baptism date: 1/8/1828

John Rushbrook Reffell, baptism date: 9/11/1829

Elizabeth Reffell, baptism date: 14/11/1831

Samuel Reffell, baptism date: 14/7/1833

Frederic Reffell, baptism date: 5/5/1835

Sarah Reffell, baptism date: 28/9/1836

Frederick Reffell, baptism date: 11/7/1838

Those known to have been married here:

Robert Clover and Elizabeth Reffell, marriage date: 16/7/1820

Frederick Norman and Elizabeth Reffell, marriage date: 16/10/1856

Sarah Ann Reffell and William Nickerson, marriage date: 15/9/1863

Those known to have been buried here:

Anne Maria Reffell, age: 1, burial date: 12/11/1829

Frederic Reffell, age: 7 days, burial date: 12/5/1835

Sarah Reffell, age: 11 months, burial date: 15/4/1837

William Reffell, age: 3 months, burial date: 27/6/1840

Margaret Reffell, age: 74, burial date: 31/3/1843

John Rushbrook Reffell, age: 10, burial date: 7/5/1848

Samuel Reffell, age: 55, burial date: 22/11/1855