NOSTALGIA: Fakenham Magna Hall, pre 1890 - from the Spanton Jarman collection

Fakenham Magna Hall pre 1890. From the Spanton Jarman collection ANL-161115-125738001
Fakenham Magna Hall pre 1890. From the Spanton Jarman collection ANL-161115-125738001

Members of the Cooper family pose for Mr Spanton in front of the south front of Fakenham Magna Hall, some time before 1890.

Mr Arthur Cooper can be seen extreme left while his wife and one of their daughters are in the porch. The other daughter is standing on the lawn with an elderly lady who may be another family member.

-- 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.suffolkarchives.co.uk.