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.



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.


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Last Modified on 30/11/2017 by K Pulford


A Visit to Moyes Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Posted by D A Howlett on Fri, 8th Jul 2016

This years visit by the Bury Group will be to Moyes Hall Museum on 20 July.  This is a rare opportunity to visit our famous building. Ron Murrell will give us a guided tour around the museum pointing out the interesting artifacts and many of architectural features of this fascinating building. Unfortunately we need to limit the numbers attending, so if you are interested and have not yet registered your interest please do so by email to  The tour will commence at 7.30pm and admission will be £2.00 as normal 

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.

At the Overseers Door

Posted by D A Howlett on Sun, 15th May 2016

Our meeting this month will be held on 18 May and as usual at this time of the year it will be combined with the group's AGM.  We anticipate that the meeting will be brief event and will be jointly chaired by Jan Harger and the visiting Society Vice Chairman David Daldry.  The meeting gives the committee the opportunity to report to you how the group is progressing and as importantly it is your opportunity to let us know what changes you would like to see during the forthcoming year.

After the formalities Ray Whitehand will be giving a talk entitled "At the Overseers Door".  So many of our ancestors found themselves landed in the workhouse and Ray will describe just what the Overseers did and how they affected the lives of the poor of the county.    

The April Meeting to be given by Eric Probert

Posted by D A Howlett on Thu, 14th Apr 2016

The well known Family Historian  and Lecturer, Eric Probert makes a welcome return to Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday 20 April when he will be giving at lecture entitled "Business Records for the Family Historian".  Eric has been researching family history for over 25 years and has been awarded a University of London Certificate with Merit in "Genealogy and the History of the Family". Eric has been Computing Editor for Family Tree Magazine, attends Family History Fairs  and gives talks around the UK on a variety of family history topics.

March 16 Group Meeting

Posted by D A Howlett on Tue, 15th Mar 2016

This month's lecture at the Hyndman Centre in Hospital Road on 16 April, will given by a new speaker to our group Sue Adams.  Sue is a successful Genealogical Researcher and her talk is entitled "How maps were made and why  it matters to family historians".  Our meeting starts at 7.30pm. Remember everybody is welcome admission is just £2.00

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  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.

Bury Record Office Outreach Programme

Posted by K Pulford on Fri, 16th Oct 2015

We all know and value the access that our record offices provide to information about our ancestors. However, they also run courses and lectures which can provide skills which will enable you to look at a wider range of documents and also provide social background to our ancestor's lives which help to bring them to life.

The Group's New Laptop Computer

Posted by Matt Ball on Sun, 27th Sep 2015

The group acquired a new laptop computer to replace the old heavy and outdated one. We have now loaded all the available Society's Baptism, Marriage and Burial Indexes on it and have been taking it to the Family History Help Desk at Bury Library to supplement the internet access there and also at the Monthly Society Meetings at Horringer Court Middle School. If you would like to do searches on these indexes why not come along to one of these meetings? To find out which areas are available have a look on the society's web site.

Bury Group at Family History Open Day

Posted by K Pulford on Tue, 28th Jul 2015

During the summer members of your committee manned a stall at the Family History Open Day at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints in Bury St Edmunds. There were also representatives from, Family search centres and Bury Record Office at the open day.


18/11/2015A Christmas Quiz Night
Some Christmas fun with entertainment
20/01/2016Have You Noticed
Martyn Taylor
17/02/2016Agriculture in Suffolk
Pat Murrell
16/03/2016To be Advised
20/04/2016Business Records for Family History
Eric Probert
18/05/2016At the Overseers Door & AGM
Ray Whitehand
15/06/2016Our Family Shared
Kevin Pulford and Society Members
20/07/2016A Visit to Moyes Hall, Biry St Edmunds
Ron Murrell
21/09/2016The A to Z of Curious Suffolk
Sarah Doig
19/10/2016What to do if your search fails
Kevin Pulford
16/11/2016Quiz Night plus Entertainment


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