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Unlike many other towns in England at this time, Bury was growing and prospering.
It did this largely independently of the Abbey's decline and eventual closure.
Over the next hundred years local government would replace the Abbots' Rule, but religious differences would cause bitter divisions in the country.
However, the town had now lost the use of the great library of the abbey, the access to the several hospitals which the monks had run, the grammar school was closed, and the various charities and good works of the monks were suddenly gone.
The property of the Abbey of St Edmund was surrendered to the Crown on 4th November 1539 but much of the wealth had already been confiscated in the previous year.
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He died within a few months of the surrender of the abbey, and may never have received his generous pension of £333.
The word of the monarch now held sway in the Liberty, but the area continued to hold itself somewhat separate from the rest of Suffolk.
This situation continued up until about 1970, and the hereditary Stewardship of the Liberty also continued until that time, although its importance was purely nominal by then.