Welcome to Bures-online.co.uk
Serving the Communities of
Bures Hamlet and Bures St Mary

Home of the Bures Dragon

Now in its 20th year
This web site has now been downloaded into the British Library Archives, which also includes the National Library of Scotland;
the National Library of Wales; Bodleian Libraries, Oxford; University Library, Cambridge; and the Library of Trinity College, Dublin
Also used as a research tool into rural life by Essex Uni, Liverpool Uni, Manchester Uni and University of East Anglia.
Currently 523 web pages online

Visit the Site Map for a comprehensive list of available topics.

I suggest you check the "Latest Updates" page regularly, to see what additions have been made

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Launched early 2010:-
Bures at War.
Life in Bures during both World Wars

visit:- www.bures.me.uk


Autobiography of Dr Thomas Wood
& Mrs St Osyth Wood


Hugh Turners Collection of Walks around Bures

Published January 2021

Thirteen different walks and Cycle trails to download.
Ideal pastime to keep you fit during the Covid Outbreak


Circular walks around Bures

Seven Circular walks to
enjoy around Bures


Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Bures Wildlife Walk


Listen to a podcast of a journey from Marks Tey to Sudbury

Last Web Page Update
August 4, 2021 -->

Watch the "Steve Trumm Film Productions"
video telling the story of the Bures Dragon.
Released 13th April 2021

Mystery Photo of St Marys Church
Taken sometime after 1920, it looks as though the tower has been partly demolished
to make way for the Clock.

A collection of historical and local information on the two parishes of Bures St Mary and Bures Hamlet from the late 1800`s to 2016
Within the three parishes of Bures St Mary, Bures Hamlet and Mount Bures, there are 116 Listed Buildings.

I hope you enjoy your visit, its aim is to view a selection of the finest buildings and structures of historic interest within the two parishes.
Hopefully this site will enlighten those, especially new to the village who may never have heard of the Tannery, Maltings, Cheese Factory, Gas Works, Workhouse, Victory Hall etc

"Any fool can make history, but it takes a genius to write it":-
Oscar Wilde

Appletreemews Development, Cuckoo Hill
Public Hearing, commenced 6th October

Appeal Decision 27th November 2020

The Planning Inspector has issued their decision:The Appeal has been dismissed & the Enforcement Notice to demolish 5&6 upheld.
All the concerns raised re the position, height & impact of plots 5&6 have been validated by the Inspector.
The developer now has 9 months to demolish or get a new remediation plan approved.

The Inspector reports:
On the other side of the balance serious harm to the local environment and residents’ living conditions continues. The harms should be brought to an end as soon as reasonably possible, which argues against doubling the length of the compliance period.
Further Information

Update March 2021
Stemer Ltd, have now submitted plans to reduce the roof height of Plots 5 and 6 by approximately 1.1 metres

LATEST NEWS:- Wednesday 14th July
Babergh capitulates and allows Stemer Ltd
to reduce the roof height by 1.1 metres.

Transcript of the Planning Committee Meeting


NEW:- Former Chambers Bus Depot, High Street, Bures, Suffolk - CO8 5AB
Buildings including land extends to 0.8acres
Chambers Yard and Buildings sold at Auction for £684,000
Auction Link


NEW: Mansfied Newspaper Shop, Bridge Street - Auction
Interesting internal views of the old Newsagents shop opposite the Church
Previously offered at Auction in August 2020 at a Guide Price of £1000,00
Offered again at Auction in May 2021, at a Guide Price of £172,000

Internal & external views of property

Now offered by Auction for the third time
Guide Price £145,000
Sold for £186,000

The Ferriers
Revised planning application by Clees Hall, to convert derelict farm buildings to three individual properties
LINK to Braintree District Council

St Mary`s Church
Sunday 1st August was the final service led by Steve Morley
Steve has retired and with his wife Angela,
they have returned to their previous home in Somerset.
We wish them all the very best.


Have any questions to ask, especially about lost relatives
Why not use our new online message board ?
Live Message Board

We currently have 178 registered members.
Since its launch they have
posted 448 answers to 143 different topics.
Take this opportunity to have a look and see if you can help.

Bures-online has been featured in the
Halstead Gazette,

East Anglian Daily Times,
Suffolk Free Press,
Sudbury Mercury and many
other local magazines.

Photographs supplied to
BBC Look East and ITV Anglia

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Essex Wildlife Trust


2nd edition with 20 additional pages.
Published September 1st 2020


Free updates with purchase

£12 +PP



Publication date July 20th, 2021

View the book contents and the reviews
£15 + pp

Boating on the river Stour
Bures millennium bridge
Bures Dragon
River Stour
Millennium Bridge
Bures Dragon
Web Site Facts
Since the launch of the web site in 2001, we have archived over 8,500 scanned documents
The photographic archive currently holds over 5,000 jpg and tiff images of local interest and related search material.
Emails received congratulating the web site on its contents, eminated from Honolulu, Thailand and Origon, USA
If you exclude the photo album pages, there are currently 526 (html) web pages to access on this site
The average visitor numbers (not hits) to this web site is approximately 800 per month.
This is a Community Web Site, run by the community for the enjoyment of those who visit the site.
The information has been sourced from literally hundreds of people who have taken the time to submit their memories
and wish to record village life for others to enjoy reading.
If you have factual material (or amendments) which you think would be of interest to other viewers, then please let us know.
We are indebted to all those in the village who have supplied information. Credits are given where appropriate on the individual pages.
If you enter this site you have deemed to have read the terms and conditions concerning copyright. 2001-present see legal notice