NOSTALGIA: Royal Show, Bury St Edmunds, July 15-19, 1867 - from the Spanton Jarman collection

Royal Show, Bury St Edmunds. 15-19 th July 1867. Spanton Jarman collection ANL-160507-112349001
Royal Show, Bury St Edmunds. 15-19 th July 1867. Spanton Jarman collection ANL-160507-112349001
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Bury St Edmunds was honoured with this event which took place just off Eastgate Street, in Bury St Edmunds, near today’s Eastgate Industrial Estate.

Animals were taken off a spur that ran off the nearby railway line, though cattle were not judged as there was a murrain or infectious disease prevalent in the country. The event attracted thousands of people and there were turnstiles at the entrance.

-- 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.