NOSTALGIA: Barnham store (before 1901) – from the Spanton Jarman collection

The Barnham shop of T Baker. Spanton Jarman collection
The Barnham shop of T Baker. Spanton Jarman collection

Thomas Baker was a grocer and newsagent who ran this pretty timbered shop in the village.

Just below the ‘jetty’ on the front of the property is a sign proclaiming him to be ‘Agent for the Bury Free Press – orders received here for papers and advertisements’.

-- This picture is part of a remarkable collection of 4,000 photographs in the care of Bury St Edmunds Past and Present Society which offers a glimpse into the town’s history.

Taken by two families of professional photographers, the Spantons and the Jarmans, the images span a period from the 1860s through to the outbreak of World War Two. The fragile glass plate negatives were donated to the society in 1997 and in recent years many of these have been ‘digitised’ thanks to a Lottery grant and donations. They can be viewed at www.burypastandpresent.org.uk where you can also find details about membership and the group’s programme of events and lectures. The Spanton-Jarman collection is held at the Bury St Edmunds branch of the Suffolk Record Office. For more details about the Record Office, including its programme of talks and courses, visit www.suffolkarchives.co.uk.