TL8563 : Wolf sculpture, St Mary's churchyard, Bury St Edmunds

taken 6 years ago, near to Bury st Edmunds, Suffolk, Great Britain

Wolf sculpture, St Mary's churchyard, Bury St Edmunds
Wolf sculpture, St Mary's churchyard, Bury St Edmunds
This particular sculpture is made of plastic milk cartons, shredded.
The churchyard, formerly part of the abbey precinct, is shared between the civic parish church St Mary's (visible beyond the sculpture), St James (now expanded to form the new cathedral), and the now ruined Chapel of the Charnel.
Bury St Edmunds Wolf Trail :: TL8564

Edmund, last king of an independent East Anglia, was killed by Viking invaders around the years 869-870, traditionally in Hoxne, and subsequently revered as a Christian martyr. According to sources such as the monk Aelfric (writing some 140 years later) when he refused to renounce Christ he was tied to a tree and shot at until "he bristled with arrows like a hedgehog": he was finally beheaded as the coup de grace and his head thrown away into thickets. Later, searchers are said to have been guided to the head by its calling out "Here, here, here" and to have found it being guarded by a wolf, holding it between its paws to protect it against other creatures.
The king's body was interred in an abbey at the settlement of Beadoriceworth, around which the town of Bury St Edmunds grew up. The abbey was a major cult site until the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and St Edmund regarded for some centuries as the patron saint of England until replaced in the late Middle Ages by the more martial George. Edmund is still a figure around which some elements of East Anglian local identity cohere, and his emblem of crossed arrows is seen in various administrative contexts around Suffolk.
In 2015 sculptures of wolves in various media (plus one video installation) were scattered around the town in a trail, and visitors encouraged to seek them all out. Details of the scheme are at LinkExternal link.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 8 August, 2015   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 7 October, 2015
Geographical Context
Religious sites  City, Town centre  Burial ground, Crematorium 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 8560 6398 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:14.5623N 0:43.0216E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 8559 6398
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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Churchyard  Gravestones  Sculpture Trail  Sculpture 

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