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Walter Greene, the Chairman of Greene King, was one of the country's super rich at this time.
He received around £18,000 a year from dividends from the Brewery, and had just been made a baronet in 1900.
Things had not being going well in South Africa since Mafeking had been under siege since 13th October 1899, the day after the independent Boer Republic declared war.
In 1900 some 10 carrier's wagons used it as the base to and from the villages on market days.
The Castle was an inn next to Moyse's Hall, with a sizeable yard in Brentgovel Street.
Walter Greene had been defeated when he tried to become MP for North West Suffolk in 1891, but this time he was unopposed.
This was fortunate for him, as he was not to prove much of a politician. At Bury the locals were proud to say that the streets and public buildings would soon be lit by electricity as the works, which belonged to the corporation, were completed in 1900.