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Exhibition at St Edmundsbury Cathedral seeks to reveal baptism register details

St Edmundsbury Cathedral has launched an exhibition in the Treasury which includes the Baptism Register of St James' Church shortly after it became the cathedral in 1914. Stephen Dart local volunteer

St Edmundsbury Cathedral has launched an exhibition in the Treasury which includes the Baptism Register of St James' Church shortly after it became the cathedral in 1914. Stephen Dart local volunteer

Organisers of a new exhibition at St Edmundsbury Cathedral are appealing for help to unearth details of families named on its first baptism register.

The register of St James’ Church, shortly after it was transformed into the cathedral in 1914, forms part of the new display in the Treasury.

The exhibition highlights families who are already known to the cathedral but organisers want to find out more about others featured.

Sarah Friswell, PR manager, said: “We’re hoping to discover the stories of some Bury families through this exhibition.

“If anyone can tell us more about any of the people named in the register, we would love to hear from them.”

Among those on the register is Gwendolen Burdon, whose father James was the pharmacist at Nunn, Hinnell & Clark , in Abbeygate Street.

Some of the entries are touched by the outbreak of World War One with certain fathers listed as servicemen. In a few cases they were killed before the baptism of their child.

The exhibition in the Treasury, which is accessed from the cathedral Cloisters, is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 12.30pm to 3pm.

A list of all those baptised from 1914 to 1918 is availble on the cathedral website www.stedscathedral.co.uk

If your family has a connection contact Sarah Friswell on 01284 748726.

 

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