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ARCHAEOLOGY - Men of the Cloth: A Legacy of Wealth 1066 - 1539

The Medieval period saw West Suffolk at its wealthiest and most influential, with the power of the abbey of St Edmund holding sway until its dissolution in the 16th century. Similarly, the widespread woollen industry reached its zenith until it too lost its ascendancy in the 16th century. Much of the architectural legacy that gives West Suffolk its special character is due to these influences. Several examples of the Medieval wood carver's skills, when working for a wealthy patron, are on display. These include both architectural fragments and some furnishings of the period. Personal possessions, from shoe buckles to daggers, help throw light on the fashions and the fears that shaped evervday life.