In AD 663 King Sigebert of the East Angles established a religious community of secular priests in Bury. In 903 the body of St Edmund was buried here, over 30 years after his unpleasant death at the hands of the Danes. In 1020 King Canute re-established the settlement as a Benedictine monastery, with 20 monks. Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England, IP33 1LS
Clare Priory was the first monastic house established by the Augustinian order in Britain. The priory was established in 1248 under the patronage of Richard de Clare. The priory was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538, but several of the buildings survived largely intact. Ashen Road, Clare, Suffolk, England, CO10 8NX
The rather scanty remains of 13th-century Greyfriars Priory stand on the slope of a hill overlooking the vanished port of this once-bustling town. Now little more than a small village, Dunwich was once a busy shipping centre, one of the busiest ports in the east of England.
Leiston Abbey is the impressive remains of a 14th-century Premonstratensian abbey, one of the best-preserved monastic sites in Suffolk. The abbey ruins include the thatched Lady Chapel, which is still sometimes used for worship. B1069, Leiston, Suffolk, England, IP16 4TD