Laurence Godfrey BURR
Laurence suffered a stroke about three years ago and never fully recovered. After leaving Framlingham he joined his father working the family farm at Burgh-next-Aylsham in Norfolk. He developed an interest in collecting British banknotes and followed this interest for over 40 years eventually became a leading authority on this subject. His collection included notes from the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, Ireland, Scotland, England - including those of private banks and the British Armed Forces. He would carefully inspect every note, finding the slightest difference and record his findings. He developed a method of washing and ironing his notes to return them to pristine condition giving a new dimension to “money laundering”!
One of the first books published about British notes was co-written by Laurence ensuring he was held in very high esteem by fellow collectors and giving him one of the most prestigious collections in the world. The collection is soon to be auctioned at the Connaught Rooms, Great Queen Street, Covent Garden in June, September and December 2006.
He married Mary and together they had two sons, Philip and Richard. He later married Dorothy and their daughter, Amanda, eventually gave birth to Laurence’s only grandchildren, two granddaughters.