Tour guide’s new book captures a fascinating moment in time of Bury St Edmunds

Martyn Taylor with his book about Bury St Edmunds
Martyn Taylor with his book about Bury St Edmunds
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A tour guide has penned a fascinating ‘then and now’ photo-led book of Bury St Edmunds chronicling the changing face of the town over the last century.

Martyn Taylor has collated scores of sepia images from the past of the town’s landmarks and taken his own colour photos to show how they look currently for ‘Bury St Edmunds Through Time’.

Now: All Saints Church, in Bury St Edmunds

Now: All Saints Church, in Bury St Edmunds

Among the highlights are a glimpse of Ellen Bruton, long serving landlady of the former Elephant and Castle pub, the bustling Cornhill, the Pageant of 1907, the Cinema Garage, in Angel Lane, and Ridleys, in Abbeygate Street.

Mr Taylor, who is a registered tour guide and member of the Bury Society, said: “It captures a moment in time and tries to recreate what was there. A picture paints a thousand words but also triggers many memories.”

He said the biggest challenge in compiling the book was collecting the old photos, which he used as a template for the modern pictures.

Published by Amberley, it is available from Waterstones, the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) and Cathedral Shop.

Then: The 20ft spire being erected in December 1962 at All Saints Church, in Bury St Edmunds

Then: The 20ft spire being erected in December 1962 at All Saints Church, in Bury St Edmunds

He will sign copies on Wednesday at the TIC, on Angel Hill, from 3pm to 5pm.

Taste of book’s fascinating facts:

The Dog and Partridge was once the Mermaid Inn and was taken over by Greene King in 1872.

All Saints Church was built in 1962 by Harvey Frost.

The St Edmunds Fayre shopping mall had a first floor restaurant called the Blue Note and 13 shops.

What is now Waterstone’s and The Edinburgh Woollen Mill, on Buttermarket, was once the home of The Suffolk Hotel.