Visit Bungay and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Bungay, Suffolk. In the 12th century Bungay, which is now a market town and yachting centre on the River Waveney, saw the building of a great castle by Roger Bigod. Little now remains of the 70 ft square keep which includes in the south-west corner a mining gallery. This defensive feature was a tunnel supported by timbers which could be removed when attack threatened, thus causing the entire corner of the building to collapse on the invaders! The main headquarters of the Bigods was at Framlinuham though they retained a house in the town.
The Church of St Mary was once the church of the Benedictine nunnery founded in the 12th century by Gundreda. Like many other buildings in the town, it suffered considerable destruction in the Great Fire of 1688. Its tower, built at the end of the 15th century, is one of the most remarkable in the county, with its polygonal buttresses and turrets.
The Church of Holy Trinity contains a fine pulpit of 1558 and a monument to Thomas Wilson by Thomas Scheemakers.
In the market place stands the Butter Cross erected in 1689 after the fire. The statue of Justice which surmounts the dome was added in 1754. There, are a number of Georgian houses in the market place and its immediate neighbourhood and that at No. 6 St Mary's Street should be noticed. Also note the one! windows of Nos. 14 - 18 with the arms of the Drapers Company, the Maids Head of the Mercers Company, and a merchant's mark.
In the middle of the 18th century John King, a local chemist, established some baths here. As in so many East Anglian towns of similar size there was a theatre which at one time became a corn exchange and is now in commercial use. Bungay's chief activity since the 18th century has been printing.
Nearby cities: Norwich
Nearby towns: Beccles, Great Yarmouth, Halesworth, Kessingland, Lowestoft, Southwold
Nearby villages: Alburgh, Bedingham, Broome, Ditchingham, Earsham, Ellingham, Flixton, Geldeston, Homersfield, Ilketshall St Andrew, Mendham, Mettingham, Redisham, Rumburgh, Stockton, Thwaite, Woodton
Have you decided to visit Bungay or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Bungay bed and breakfast (a Bungay B&B or Bungay b and b)
- a Bungay guesthouse
- a Bungay hotel (or motel)
- a Bungay self-catering establishment, or
- other Bungay accommodation