West Suffolk

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West Suffolk is a local government district in Suffolk It was established on 1 April 2019, by merging the Forest Heath district with the borough of St Edmundsbury. The two councils had already had a joint Chief Executive since 2011. At the 2011 census, the two districts had a combined population of 170,756.

The main towns in the new district are Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Brandon, Haverhill and Mildenhall.

Between 1888 and 1974 there was an administrative county of West Suffolk, covering a larger area than the present district.

LGBT history

There is a Newmarket LGBT Network.[1]

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]


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  1. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Newmarket-LGBT/463463950360612
  2. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2006/02/28/senior-bishop-backs-gay-support-group/
  3. :http://www.bbc.co.uk/suffolk/content/articles/2006/01/19/gay_guide_paul_marsden_feature.shtml. Signpost: Gay and Lesbian zone: Gay Suffolk: A Personal Guide By Paul Marsden, BBC Home. Accessed: 2013-05-03. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6GLDRXvsG)