Walter Greene, the Chairman of Greene King, was one of the country's super rich at this time.
He received around £18,000 a year from dividends from the Brewery, and had just been made a baronet in 1900.
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1907 Two cinemas 1909 Flooding 1912 The Great War, Mons 1914 Trenches, air raid, Gallipoli 1915 Egypt, drafting, Somme 1916 Ypres, USA enters war 1917 Victory, Women get vote 1918 Flu, Flax factory 1919 Agriculture in decline 1921 Sugar Beet factory 1924 Madam Mayor 1927 Tithe Wars 1931 Culford Estate sold off 1934 Westley Airfield, ARP 1938 Sutton Hoo and War 1939 Dunkirk 1940 Holderness Road bomb 1941 Lakenheath built, Singapore 1942 Flying Forts arrive 1943 Invasion, V1's retaliate 1944 Germany in ruins, VE VJ 1945 Foot of Page The First Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment was in England when the South Africa War broke out in October 1899, and was mobilised and sent to the Cape.
Water mills along the river were finding it hard to compete with newer steam driven roller mills.
Bury Market on Wednesday and Saturday were important days for country folk to come to town to sell or buy produce.
Thirty men from the 2nd Volunteer Battalion joined others from East Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Cambridge University to train at Bury. At 5.30 am, in a blinding snowstorm, they were cheered off at Bury train station by hundreds of local people. Rural life was however, in decline as foreign food imports undermined agricultural prices and thus wages.
These produced Direct Current (DC) electricity of three wire 400/200 volts, as opposed to the modern alternating current of 230 volts.
Colonel Baden-Powell had led a masterly defence, until a relief column finally arrived on 17th May, 1900, after a 217 day siege.
When news reached home the streets were full of celebrating crowds in towns and cities all over the country.
In Bury St Edmunds it was decided to celebrate the occasion along with the Queen's birthday on 24th May, and the Mayor had to quickly get arrangements made for a School holiday and a half day shop and business closure.
Bury was home to about 16,000 people, and building continued to be needed to house them. A good builder might make £10 profit on a house sold for £100. Houses were largely built in pairs, or small terraces, like the pair of grandly named "villas" illustrated here in Hospital Road.