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Miss Spanton's wedding - from the Spanton Jarman collection

Miss Spanton's wedding. From the Spanton Jarman collection (4224448)
Miss Spanton's wedding. From the Spanton Jarman collection (4224448)

The wedding of Miss Sarah Rebecca Spanton and the Rev William Kimber Hardy took place in Bury St Edmunds in September 1870. The picture shows William and Sarah seated. Sarah’s brother, William Silas Spanton, is standing on the left of the photograph and Mr Hardy’s brother, Charles K Hardy, the best man, is standing on the right. The bridesmaid to the far right is Sarah’s sister, Hannah Kate Spanton. The other two bridesmaids are sisters of the groom.

-- 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.

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