NOSTALGIA: Bradfield St Clare, date unknown - From the Spanton Jarman collection

Church of St Clare at Bradfield St Clare. Date unknown. From the Spanton Jarman collection ANL-160831-095909001
Church of St Clare at Bradfield St Clare. Date unknown. From the Spanton Jarman collection ANL-160831-095909001
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The village church, pictured here from the south west, is named after St Clare, a friend of Francis of Assisi who founded a monastic order.

The tower is of 15th century origin, much rebuilt after a storm in 1873 caused its collapse. Buttresses were added at this time to reinforce the junction of the nave and chancel.

-- 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 - a further £2,000 is needed to complete the task. 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.suffolk.gov.uk/sro.