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St Edmundsbury
Borough of St Edmundsbury
West Suffolk House in Bury St Edmunds, the seat of the council
West Suffolk House in Bury St Edmunds, the seat of the council
St Edmundsbury shown within Suffolk
St Edmundsbury shown within Suffolk
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast of England
Non-metropolitan countySuffolk
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQBury St Edmunds
Incorporated1 April 1974
Abolished31 March 2019
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodySt Edmundsbury Borough Council
 • LeadershipLeader (Cllr John Griffiths) & Cabinet ( )
 • MPsMatthew Hancock
Jo Churchill
James Cartlidge
 • Total253.7 sq mi (657.0 km2)
 • Total113,700
 • Density450/sq mi (170/km2)
 • Ethnicity
98.0% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
Succeeded byWest Suffolk
ONS code42UF (ONS)
E07000204 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTL8406364939

St Edmundsbury was a local government district and borough in Suffolk, England. It was named after its main town, Bury St Edmunds. The second town in the district was Haverhill. The population of the district was 111,008 at the 2011 Census.[1]

The district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 (along with the abolition of the county of West Suffolk) by the merger of the Borough of Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill Urban District, Clare Rural District and Thingoe Rural District.

Until March 2009, its main offices were in Bury St Edmunds (Angel Hill and Western Way). Thereafter, a purpose-built complex named West Suffolk House housed both St Edmundsbury and Suffolk County Council staff.[2]

In 2008, the Council submitted a proposal to the Boundary Commission which would see it as central to a new West Suffolk unitary council.[3][4] However, the proposal was rejected and no unitary scheme for Suffolk was adopted. (For more details see also Suffolk.)

In October 2011, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Forest Heath District Council agreed to have one chief executive, a shared management team and a combined workforce.[5]

St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath were merged on 1 April 2019 to form the new West Suffolk district.[6]

List of communities

Freedom of the Borough

The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of St Edmundsbury.

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (August 2020)


Military Units



Coat of arms of Borough of St Edmundsbury
On a wreath of the colours upon a grassy mount a wolf sejant Proper resting the dexter paw upon a king's head couped at the neck also crowned Or.
Azure a representation of the sword in its scabbard of the St Edmundsbury Borough Council Proper between in fess two pairs of arrows each in saltire points downwards Argent enfiling an ancient crown Or.
Dexter a lion chevronny Or and Gules charged on the shoulder with a roundel Gules fretty Or sinister an ounce Sable bezanty gorged with a collar compony counter compony Argent and Azure and charged on the shoulder with a roundel Or fretty Sable.
Sacrarium Regis Cunabula Legis (Shrine of the King Cradle of the Law)[9]

See also


  1. ^ "Local Authority population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  2. ^ St Edmundsbury website
  3. ^ St Edmundsbury website
  4. ^ "[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] – Unitary Authorities: 24 Feb 2009: Westminster Hall debates". TheyWorkForYou.
  5. ^ "West Suffolk: Councils to merge workforces in move to save cash". East Anglian Daily Times. 27 October 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  6. ^ Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (24 May 2018). "The West Suffolk (Local Government Changes) Order 2018". legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  7. ^ Mirsky, Hannah (3 November 2016). "Former Haverhill councillor Ron Hartley dies at 90". CambridgeshireLive.
  8. ^ https://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/Council/Whos_who/upload/Freedom-of-the-Borough.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  9. ^ "East of England". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 9 March 2021.