NOSTALGIA: Mr & Mrs Charters and their motor car – from the Spanton Jarman collection

Mr & Mrs Charters and their motor car. From the Spanton Jarman collection

Mr & Mrs Charters lived at Brooke House, in Manor Lane, Horringer. Before World War Two they owned one of the four motor cars in the village; an elegant Rolls Royce. Can anyone identify the model?

-- 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 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

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