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