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West Suffolk
Suffolk
was an administrative county of England
England
created in 1889 from part of the county of Suffolk. It survived until 1974 when it was rejoined with East Suffolk. Its county town was Bury St Edmunds. Before the introduction of county councils, Suffolk
Suffolk
had been divided into eastern and western divisions, each with their own quarter sessions. The western division corresponded to the Liberty of Saint Edmund. This area had been established by Edward the Confessor
Edward the Confessor
in 1044 and was a separate jurisdiction under the control of the abbot of Bury St Edmunds Abbey until the dissolution of the monasteries. This history was reflected in the coat of arms of the county council. The council initially adopted the attributed arms of Edward the Confessor: a cross patonce between five martlets. When the council received an official grant of arms from the College of Arms
College of Arms
in 1959, abbots' mitres and the emblem of St Edmund: crossed arrows through an open crown were added. The motto adopted was For King, Law and People, referring to the association of Magna Carta
Magna Carta
with Bury. Shortly before its abolition the West Suffolk
Suffolk
County Council commissioned Elizabeth Frink
Elizabeth Frink
to sculpt a statue of St Edmund to commemorate the end of 970 years of independent administration of the area. The statue, in the grounds of the abbey of Bury St Edmunds, was completed in 1976. Subdivisions[edit] From 1894 the administrative county was divided into municipal boroughs, urban districts and rural districts:

Boroughs: Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury Urban districts: Glemsford
Glemsford
(created 1896, abolished 1935), Hadleigh, Haverhill, Newmarket Rural districts: Brandon (abolished 1935), Clare, Cosford, Melford, Mildenhall, Moulton (abolished 1935), Thedwastre, Thingoe

The rural districts were further subdivided into civil parishes.

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before 1889 ← Counties of England
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(1889–1974) → 1974–1996

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Suffolk
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Coordinates: 52°15′00″N 0°43′00″E / 52.2500°N 0.7167°E

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