At first this post was appointed by the crown, and later by the Abbot.
The house was left to his wife, Margaret, and his only son, also called Thomas, who was born soon after his death.
There was also a post of Steward, or Under Steward, of the Liberty of Bury St Edmunds, covering the area of the town rather than the whole of West suffolk.
The Steward of the Liberty appointed his own Under Stewards to carry out his judicial duties.
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.