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Horsecroft/Nowton/Bury Circular Run Bury St Edmunds

In Abbey Graveyard, Bury St Edmunds, Hardwick Trig, Henry Cockton, Horsecroft, Nowton on October 2, 2005 at 3:28 pm


2pm 7.8 miles in 1hr 2 mins 13 secs.

Year to date mileage 967

Month to date 16 miles

Average miles per month 107

Average weekly rate 24.6

Weather: Sunny blue skies nice breeze

Course: Ran out on the road to Horsecroft, returned over fields to Nowton Park and the returned home via Town Centre.

In the grave yard of the Abbey in Bury St Edmunds are many unusual memorial stones. The photo above is in memory of a Mr Henry Cockton (1807-1853).

He was an English humorous novelist who was born in London. He published a number of volumes, but is best known as the author of Valentine Vox, the Ventriloquist (1840) and Sylvester Sound, the Somnambulist (1844). He died at Bury St Edmunds in 1853.

I have never read anything by the author but the 1st line from Valentine Vox reads ‘In one of the most ancient and populous boroughs in the county of Suffolk, there resided a genius named Valentine Vox, who, in order to make a fortune with rapidity, tried everything, but failed to succeed in anything, because he could stick long to nothing.’

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Hardwick Trig/Nowton Park/Abbey Gardens Circular Run

In Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, Hardwick Trig, Jarman Collection, Past and Present Society, River Lark on September 2, 2005 at 11:37 am




10am 8 miles in 1hour 4mins 54 seconds.

Year to date mileage 827.

Month to date 18 miles

Average miles per month 103

Average weekly rate 23.6

Weather: Hot and sunny

Course: Ran out through Hardwick Heath and along Hencote Lane out to Hardwick Trig point. Ran over fields along the Bury to Clare footpath to Brecley Ley House. I then ran into the Abbey Gardens along the River Lark through town centre and home.

The two photos above are of the same building on the corner of Risbygate Street and St Andrews St South. Today it operates as an Estate Agents. From childhood I have always remembered it as being a Grocers. However the black and white photo depicts a time when it was a butchers shop. The display shows very elaborate decorated cuts of meat hanging outside the shop. All the staff seem to be posing for this photo with Mr Clarke who was the owner.

The black and white pictures are from a superb collection of photographs known as the Spanton Jarman Collection. The Bury St Edmunds Past and Present society are working on the restoration and storage of the negatives.

The Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds are well worth a visit if you are ever visiting Suffolk