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NOSTALGIA: The king and his mistress’s husband . . . in the same photo

King Edward VII at Culford Hall in 1904. From the Spanton Jarman collection. ANL-161031-110209001
King Edward VII at Culford Hall in 1904. From the Spanton Jarman collection. ANL-161031-110209001

This picture from the Spanton Jarman collection was taken at Culford Hall in 1904 and shows King Edward VII with ‘the royal party’.

The group included Alexandra, Queen Consort, Lords Lurgan and Saville, Viscount Chelsea, Sir Stanley Clarke and the Hon George Keppel.

Keppel’s wife, Alice, was the king’s mistress.

-- 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.


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