Welcome to Bungay
18th May 2015: Olly Barnes Town Mayor for 2015/16, Judy Cloke Deputy Mayor. Full listing of councillors shown under 'Your Councillors'
Bungay Town Council serves a small and thriving rural market town right on the border between Norfolk and Suffolk. Renowned for its beauty, Bungay is part of Waveney District Council's area, and is often known as "the jewel in Waveney's crown."
The town is surrounded on three sides by the River Waveney, giving rise to its original name, Bon Isle (or Bon Eye) -the good island - which gradually changed to the present spelling.
Bungay is situated midway between Norwich (15 miles) and Southwold (14 miles). It has excellent public transport services with bus connections to London, Norwich, Beccles, Halesworth, Diss and Gt Yarmouth.
The town has a number of beautiful churches; two Primary Schools (one Roman Catholic) and the Bungay Science College/High School, catering for over 1,000 students from a large geographical area. Bungay also has a range of financial institutions and a wide variety of shops. To cater for other interests there is a fine swimming pool; an award winning theatre and a vast number of groups and societies.
Many visitors come to see the 13th century castle and numerous precious old buildings in the old town which is almost entirely Grade 2 Listed and almost all of the town has been designated a conservation area.
Every Thursday there is a busy market - as there has been around the Butter Cross for over 700 years.
It is perhaps the iconic Butter Cross for which Bungay is best known. It is surmounted by the statue of Justice which is unusual as she is, for once, not blindfolded. Bungay's Justice knew what she was doing when she clapped miscreants in the irons which are still visible at the Butter Cross today.
Bungay is also well known for the legend of the Black Dog. The evil hound is said ot have killed and injured membrs of the congregation during a service at St. Mary's church on Sunday August 4th, 1577. The black dog's likeness is used by several Bungay businesses and sports groups and even tops the Council's coat of arms. You can see him at any time on top of the weather vane on the site of the old town pump in Market Place.