The Nutshell, in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England is Britain's smallest pub. The 16th century building measures less than 5m by 2m and there is no room for more than half a dozen customers at the bar.
British Railways travel poster - Suffolk - The poster shows a view across the River Deben to the ancient Tide Mill, which dates back to the 12th century and was restored during the 20th century at Woodbridge. Artwork by Jack Merriott 1901-1968
Bury St Edmunds Abbey ruins, Suffolk, England, UK. In 1214, the Archbishop of Canterbury and 25 barons swore at the high altar that they would make King John sign the charter that would become Magna Carta. He signed it (under protest) at Runnymede the following year. The top and bottom photos show the high altar where the barons made their vow; the middle engravings mark the spot and list the 25 barons. The town’s motto is “Shrine of a King; Cradle of the Law”.
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK, is known as the “cradle of the law” because it was here that the barons swore to make King John sign Magna Carta. On 20th November 1214, the Archbishop of Canterbury and 25 barons met here under cover of attending the Feast of St Edmund. One by one, they swore on the great altar that they would make King John agree to the proclamations of King Henry I over 100 years before. This led to King John, reluctantly, signing Magna Carta at Runnymede in 1215.