NOSTALGIA: The Fox Inn, Eastgate Street – from the Spanton Jarman collection

The Fox Inn, Eastgate Streeet, October 1920. From the Spanton Jarman colleciton

Here, the Fox Inn is shown after the road widening scheme for Mustow Street was completed.

The photograph was taken on October 26, 1920, when the landlord was Joseph Pamplin.

His family and friends were celebrating the wedding of his daughter, Hilda Pamplona, to Joseph Balling.

The reception was held at the Fox Inn; photographs of the bride and groom, and the wedding breakfast table can be seen at

-- 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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