Bures St. Mary

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Bures St Mary is a civil parish in the Babergh district of Suffolk, England. In 2005 it had a population of 940.

The parish covers the eastern part of the village of Bures, the western part being in the Bures Hamlet parish in Essex.

Bures is located on the border between South Suffolk and North Essex, in the heart of picturesque `Constable` country and in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty(AONB)The village we call Bures, is not a single entity but a union of the two parishes of Bures Hamlet (in Essex) and Bures St Mary (in Suffolk)Both parishes lie either side of the River Stour, which is the county boundary between Essex and Suffolk.To make life much easier for everyone, the village is called Bures.There cannot be many villages or towns in the UK which are divided down the centre by a county boundary ?

One of the oldest buildings is St Stephens Chapel which dates back to 1218 when it was dedicated by the Archbishop of Canterbury. It predates St Mary's Church in the village centre, by some 150 years.Even further back than that, history tells us on Christmas Day 855, Bishop Humbert of Elmham anointed a 14-year-old boy as King of the East Angles. The boy was Edmund, the chosen heir of King Offa, and his coronation was documented at `Burva`.The chronicler Galfridus de Fontibus also described the coronation as having taken place at "Bures", which is an ancient royal hill.It is the general belief that this was the lonely hilltop, where St...
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