Bury St Edmunds Group

Introduction

Bury St Edmunds has grown from a small Anglo- Saxon settlement known as Beodricksworth to a modern bustling town, but somehow has managed to retain its much of its Georgian character.

Within the centre of the town is our magnificent Cathedral. The streets adjacent to the Cathedral are laid out in a grid system that was designed by Baldwin (Abbot 1065 -97). It can be claimed that Baldwin was one of the country's very first town planners.

 

 

Nathaniel Hodson established the present Abbey Gardens in 1831 and was modelled on the Royal Botanic Gardens in Brussels.

The Gardens are much loved by the residents and the thousands of visitors who regularly visit the town.

 

 

Our Group

The Bury St Edmunds Group of the meet on the third Wednesday of each month (except August & December) at 7.30 pm in the

Hyndman Centre
Hospital Road
Bury St Edmunds IP33 3JT .

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Members and non-members are welcome to attend our meetings. Entry fee for all is just £2.00. We have a varied programme of interesting talks throughout the year, followed by tea or coffee and biscuits. After the meetings everyone has the opportunity to swap family history stories, or seek help in solving their some of their "brickwalls". Whatever your interests, you will be assured of a friendly welcome at all of our meetings.

 

Links

Suffolk Regiment Museum - housed in the Keep of Gibraltar Barracks, opened in 1878 contains a wealth of uniforms, medals, badges, silver, equipment, silver, works of art and photographs illustrating the life of the Suffolk Soldier over nearly 300 years

Bury Past & Present Society - view the amazing collection of photographs of Bury St Edmunds taken from the birth of photography to the mid 20th century by Messrs Spanton and Jarman

West Stow Anglo Saxon Village - explore the way our ancestors lived

Moyse's Hall Museum - a beautiful medieval building housing rich and eclectic collections and changing exhibitions

Suffolk Record Office - Bury St Edmunds - The holdings of this branch cover West Suffolk, including records for the boroughs of Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury. Significant collections include the Suffolk Regiment Archive, the records of the Grafton family of Euston Hall and the collection of the Hervey family, Marquesses of Bristol. The branch looks after a typical 19th century 'gentleman's library' which used to belong to the Cullum family, and consists of 4000 volumes on a wide variety of topics.

Contact

Kevin Pulford by email: burystedmunds@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Last Modified on 21/08/2017 by D A Howlett

News

Voices from the Workhouse

Posted by D A Howlett on Sun, 15th Oct 2017

 "Voices from the Workhouse"  by Dr Megan Dennis

The subject of the workhouse is a constant fascination to the family historian, as so many of our ancestors were forced to spent part of their lives in these dreaded institutions. 

The Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 resulted in the massive intervention by the State in the  governing the way poverty was managed.  Large institutions were built and life within was strictly regimented.  One such workhouse was constructed just quarter of a mile from our meeting hall. This evenings talk will give an insight into the harsh life of the inmates. 

 The meeting will be held on
Wednesday 18 October commencing at 7.30pm 
The Hyndman Centre, Hospital Road.  
Everybody is welcome 

Please Remember that extensive roadworks are being undertaken at the Spread Eagle/Petticoat Road Junction
See the notice posted below

 

Diversion Route to Hyndman Centre

Posted by K Pulford on Mon, 18th Sep 2017

The Council is now undertaking road works at the junction of Outwestgate, Horringer Road and Petticoat Lane. This means that the route to the Hyndman Centre is closed and there is a diversion shown in the map below.

For those coming from the direction of Horringer a shorter route is to turn down Glastonbury Road, turn left at Abbot Road. At the end of Abbot road go strainght into Hospital road and follow it to the Hyndman Centre. This is considerably shorter that following the official diversion.

Georgian Angel Hill

Posted by D A Howlett on Mon, 18th Sep 2017

We are very pleased to welcome back after our Summer break, Dr Pat Murrell who will be giving us a talk on "Georgian Angel Hill".

Pat is arguably the county's leading expert on Stuart and Georgian history, so there is no one better qualified to give this month's lecture. Pat regularly gives lectures at the Suffolk Record Office and is renowned for her in depth knowledge of the Stuart and Georgian History of our town.  However much we may know, or think we know about Angel Hill there is no doubt that Pat will illustrate her lecture with addtional nuggets of interest we will have missed..

As usual everyone is welcome on Wednesday 20th September at

Hyndman Centre, Hospital Road, IP33 3JT.  The meeting commences at 7.30pm and admission is just £2.00

Please Note that extensive road works are being undertaken at the Spread Engle junction, please refer to the notice posted below for details.

Group's midsummer trip to Woolpit Museum

Posted by D A Howlett on Sun, 20th Aug 2017

Our Group enjoyed an interesting summer evening on 19 July when we visited the small but fascinating museum in Woolpit.

We were hosted by Elizabeth Cockayne and Rita Burr who entertained us with anecdotes about the villiage, its history and surviving artifacts.  Woolpit was famous for its brickmaking industry and was known for its high quality "Suffollk Whites", samples of the surving bricks were on display in the museum.

An additional treat was an invitation to visit St Mary's Church, situated opposite the museum.  It is assumed that the church stood on the site of an earlier church which was built before the Norman Conquest.  The present tower was reconstructed after the previous one was struck by lightning in 1852, (so many church towers in Suffolk suffered the similar fate).  The church survied the ravages the Reformation, Civil War and William Dowsing and has many fine carvings and well worth visiting.

We were treated to a real bonus when we were shown, in the south west corner of the church yard, a rare example of a   "mort-safe", a locked  iron cage designed to deter the body-snatchers of yesteryear.

A fine example of a Mort-safe, these became fashionable for a short time to deter "grave robbers"

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Group Chairman Elected Society Trustee

Posted by D A Howlett on Thu, 13th Oct 2016


Kevin Pulford our Group Chairman, was elected to serve as a Trustee at our recent AGM on 24 September.  Kevin took over as Chairman of our Group in May after the Jan Harger, retired and for the past two years he has been working with our webmaster David Talmage, developing our new look website. Kevin has undertaken a number of projects for  the Suffolk Record Office and is an active member of FOSRO (Friends of Suffolk Record Office).  His IT skills and knowledge of family history research, will bring added strength to our Trustees.

Bury Man Gets Society Appreciation Award

Posted by D A Howlett on Wed, 12th Oct 2016

Jan Harger presents the Societies appreciation award to Bury St Edmunds member Les Button for many years of dedicated and thorough work transcribing parish records for our Projects Group.  Les has been an active member of the Bury Group for many years and earlier in the year gave a very informative talk about his ancestors at our "Family Shared" evening in June.

Families Shared

Posted by K Pulford on Tue, 21st Jun 2016

At the last meeting of the Bury St Edmunds group on 15th June, we had a session where we shared our family histories and research experiences.

Kevin Prior told us about his search for his great Grandfather Joseph Prior. He was looking in London and had a number of possible candidates of the same name. All seemed to have moved around a lot and changed occupations. He told us how by meticulous searches of the parish records he managed to eliminate the other possibilities and ended up identifying the right man.

Les Button told us about his ancestor William Palmer who was a Methodist preacher and moved every year to a new location. He had traced that amongst many places he went to included Cornwall, Pembroke and the Channel Islands. He also mentioned that William Palmer's wife may well have acted as host to John Wesley when he visited Norfolk.

Joan Horton joined us from the West London group and talked about how she solved a brick wall in her research of John Fosdyke. She managed to breach down another brick wall n the other side of her family tracing them back to Derbyshire and a Bartholomew Griffin and a connection to William Shakespeare and to the nobility and Welsh princes!

Dave Horton told us how a visit to a Kent Baptist Chapel revealed a line of tombstones which revealed information about several generations of his family.

The meeting sparked much lively interest but to me it confirmed that we have members that not only have an interesting family history as well as being articulate in explaining those histories.

Our Family Shared - Special Meeting on 15 June

Posted by D A Howlett on Mon, 22nd Feb 2016

I recently mentioned to Kevin Pulford that I have always been facinated when talking to our members by the stories they have told me of their researches and the facts they have uncovered about their ancestors.  From this chance discussion Kevin developed the idea of holding a special meeting where we could share in the delights and frustrations we have all experienced when researching our family history.  In an informal and relaxed atmosphere we can exchange our experience of the challenges of our research and share the intriguing stories of our ancestors.

We are not expecting formal presentations or lenghty talks, just you talking to a circle of friends and like minded members.  If you have any documents which would illustrate your talk, these can be scanned and projected during your talk.

If you would like to participate and share your experiences with us, please email burystedmunds@suffolkfhs.org.uk  or telephone Kevin on 01284  701252.  Remember we are not looking for formal presentations, just your experience and anedotes.    

 

Family History Help Desk

Posted by K Pulford on Fri, 16th Oct 2015

If you or a friend have reached a brick wall or need some advice on developing your family tree come along to the Bury Library on the second Wednesday of the month between 10.00am and 12 noon. Jan and a couple of committee members hold a help session, having access to computers and the Society's baptism, marriages and Burials indexes to help with your research.

Events

DateDetailsSpeaker
20/09/2017Georgian Angel Hill
Pat Murrell
18/10/2017Voices from the Workhouse
Dr Megan Dennis
15/11/2017Quiz Night plus entertainment
20/12/2017No Meeting
17/01/2018The Foundling Hospital
Ruth Miller
21/02/2018A Crime of Necessity - Poaching
Times were tough and often work was seasonal, families often had to resort to poaching just for survival. Ron will be giving an insight into the life and times of the Poacher Please note that this lecture is programmed to last one and a half hours
Ron Murrell
21/03/2018Soil Cinderellas - The story of the Land Army during WWII
Nicky Reynolds
18/04/2018Cloth Making in Medieval Bury
Dr Nick Omor
16/05/2018AGM followed by "Nursery Rhymes and the Bury Connections"
Stephen Moody
20/06/2018Weavers, Higglers and Moze Makers
Michael Holland
18/07/2018Bury Group - Mid Summer Outing
This is your opportunity to give our Programme Organiser your thoughts, Have you any suggestions on where you would like to spend an evening in July.
TBA
15/08/2018No Meeting
19/09/2018To be confirmed
To be confirmed
17/10/2018The Whistlecraft Family of Rickinghall
Pip will tell us of the story of George Ruffels aka as Joe Whistlecraft who was convicted over a hundred times mainly for poaching. Joe was a member of the notorious family who practised their skill in nearby Hinderclay and Rickinghall.
Pip Wright

Contact

For further details on the programme you should contact

Kevin Pulford by email: burystedmunds@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Group Contact

Kevin Pulford by email: burystedmunds@suffolkfhs.org.uk