Hoxne has for at least 900 years been regarded as the site of the martyrdom of St Edmund, King of East Anglia in 869 AD. The local tradition is that the saint was tied up and shot through with arrows by the Vikings against a tree which fell down in 1848. When the tree was later chopped up and inspected, a metal object was discovered deep inside which is reported to be a Viking arrow head. Despite the scholarly disputes, there has been a developed devotion to St Edmund at Hoxne for centuries, and we would suggest that pilgrims follow the excellent heritage trail around this extraordinary village.

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Hoxne and St Edmund