St Edmundsbury

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St Edmundsbury is a local government district in Suffolk, centred on the town of Bury St Edmunds. Both names commemorate St Edmund, King of East Anglia, killed here by the Danish invaders in 867. Bury St Edmunds Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. In 2011, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Forest Heath District Council agreed to have a shared chief executive and combined workforces,[1] and in 2019 the two districts were merged to form the new district of West Suffolk.

LGBT history

Ickworth is associated with the Hervey family, including John Hervey, second Baron Hervey, and John Hervey, 7th Marquess of Bristol.

The novelist Sir Angus Wilson died in Bury St Edmunds in 1991.

In 2011, the Rt Rev Richard Lewis, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, launched the Gay Christian Support Group to recognise the contributions that gay and lesbian Christians make.[2]

As of 2008, the Hide Bar in Bury St Edmunds is gay owned and gay friendly.[3]


  3. : Signpost: Gay and Lesbian zone: Gay Suffolk: A Personal Guide By Paul Marsden, BBC Home. Accessed: 2013-05-03. (Archived by WebCite® at