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Bungay

Bungay is a market town located in the Waveney Valley. In 2008, Bungay became Suffolk’s first Transition Town and it is a part of a global network of communities which have started projects in the areas of food, transport, energy, education, housing, and waste as small-scale local responses to the global challenges of climate change, economic hardship and limited cheap energy. This is some pretty progressive stuff and should be respected in this age of too much waste.

From what we can discern, the name of Bungay is thought to derive from the Anglo-Saxon title Bunincga-haye, signifying the land belonging to the tribe of Bonna, who was a Saxon chieftain. Due to its high position, protected by the River Waveney and marshes, the site was in a good defensive position and attracted settlers from early times. As you would expect, Roman artefacts have been found in the region.

We do know that the Bungay Castle was built by the Normans, and then was later rebuilt by Roger Bigod, 5th Earl of Norfolk and his family, who also owned the Framlingham Castle. Bungay’s village sign depicts the castle. The Church of St. Mary was once the church of the Benedictine Bungay Priory, founded by Gundreda, wife of Roger de Glanville. The 13th-century Franciscan friar Thomas Bungay later enjoyed a popular reputation as a magician, appearing as Roger Bacon’s sidekick in Robert Greene’s Elizabethan comedy Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay. Is it just me, or does it seem weird to think about a two friars performing magic? Oh well, I have something that you can believe in, and that’s the great prices you’ll get everyday at Medusa Juice.

Paper And Fire

The town of Bungay was nearly destroyed by a great fire in 1688, which, I’m pretty sure is prerequisite for any town in England. Anyway, the central Buttercross there was constructed in 1689 and was the place where local farmers displayed their butter and other farm produce they had for sale. There was also a Corn Cross, but this was taken down and replaced by a pump in 1810.

Bungay became an important place for both the printing and paper manufacture industries. Joseph Hooper, a wealthy Harvard graduate who fled Massachusetts when his lands were seized after the American Revolution. Hooper rented a mill at Bungay in 1783, and converted it to paper manufacture. Those wacky Americans!

A decade later, Charles Brightly established a printing and stereotype foundry there in 1795. Then he went into partnership with John Filby Childs, and name of the business became Brightly & Childs.

The railway has always played a vital part in the development of towns in the United Kingdom and Bungay is no exception. The railway arrived with the Harleston to Bungay section of the Waveney Valley Line opening in November 1860 and the Bungay to Beccles section in March 1863. Bungay had its own railway station near Clay’s Printers. The station closed to passengers in 1953 and later, in 1964, it closed to freight.

One of the hidden gems in Bungay is Dinky’s Garden. It’s a perfect spot to sit contemplating the world and it’s madness while enjoying your favourite flavours of Medusa Juice e-liquids. Of course, if you haven’t already made the trip, you might be contemplating driving into one of the four Medusa Juice Vape Shops. You can cruise either of the shops in King’s Lynn, either the original or the kiosk in the bus station there. Or, if you prefer, take a trip into Norwich or Peterborough and explore all of the reasons why Medusa Juice is the best choice for all things vape related.

Monuments And Legends

Bungay also offers a pool and gym for the public to make use of and it is staffed with friendly folk, so if you get the chance, do go round. Fisher Theatre is there for those of you who are so inclined. You can catch a murder mystery evening or plays and other events, depending on the day you decide to visit, so make sure you check into that before you take your trip to Bungay.

Local legend states that St Mary’s Church was struck by lightning on Sunday, the 4th of August in 1577. According to legend, during the thunderstorm an apparition appeared. It was a visage of a black Hellhound which dashed around the church, attacking members of the congregation.
Suddenly it disappeared and then re-appeared in Holy Trinity Church twelve miles away in, Blythburgh. The dog dashed around injuring members of the congregation there. The hound has been associated with Black Shuck, a dog haunting the coasts of Norfolk, Essex, and Suffolk.

An image of the Black Dog has been incorporated in the coat of arms of Bungay and has been used in the titles of various enterprises associated with Bungay as well as several of the town’s sporting events. Such as The Black Dog Marathon. This is an annual race which begins in Bungay and follows the course of the River Waveney. There is also the town’s football club, which is nicknamed the “Black Dogs”.

Famous Residents

Bungay has had its share of notable locals, both born there and those that moved there and settled. Bungay has been home to several literary figures. Thomas Miller, the bookseller and antiquarian, settled in the village. His publisher son, William Miller, was born there. The author Elizabeth Bonhôte née Mapes, was born and grew up there, marrying Daniel Bonhôte and writing the notable book Bungay Castle, a gothic romance. Bonhôte even once owned Bungay Castle. Don’t forget the Strickland family, which according to the Canadian Dictionary of Biography was as prolific as the Brontës, Edgeworths, and Trollope’s. They settled in the village.

Some of the others were Catharine Parr Traill, who concentrated on children’s literature, and Susanna Moodie, who emigrated to Canada and wrote Roughing it in the Bush as a warning to others. The novelist Sir H. Rider Haggard was born nearby in Bradenham, and presented St. Mary’s Church with a wooden panel, displayed behind the altar. Religious writer Margaret Barber, who was author of the posthumously published best-selling book of meditations, The Roadmender, settled in Bungay.

More recently, Formula 1 motor racing president Bernie Ecclestone was brought up in Bungay and internet activist Julian Assange was confined to nearby Ellingham Hall, Norfolk. Authors Elizabeth Jane Howard and Louis de Bernières have also lived in the town. Blind artist Sargy Mann moved to Bungay in 1990. He lived there until the end of his life. Children’s author and illustrator, James Mayhew, currently lives in Bungay. So, you can see that it’s inspiring at the very least. And don’t you forget that you’ll be inspired by all the great deals you can find at any of the Medusa Juice Vape Shops.

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