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Pageant group at Hengrave Hall, 1907

Pageant cast at Hengrave Hall, 1097. From the Spanton Jarman collection (3408800)
Pageant cast at Hengrave Hall, 1097. From the Spanton Jarman collection (3408800)

Bury St Edmunds was one of several historic towns to stage a pageant, written and produced by the Edwardian pageant master, Louis Napoleon Parker.

The official photographer was G C Cousins, but Mr Jarman took some shots of rehearsals or costume calls and some studio portraits. This group, outside Hengrave Hall, includes Henry VI ( Mr Dupoie), Queen Margaret (Mrs Lomax), Cardinal Beaufort (George Gery Milner Gibson) and the Duke of Suffolk (Mr Riley Smith).

-- 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 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.suffolkarchives.co.uk.