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Take a stroll through Southwold 100 years ago


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This website will always be a work in progress. Our intention is to to give all those with an interest in the local history of Southwold the opportunity to comment and contribute. You can do so either by using the forum section at the bottom of each page or by emailing

Ronnie Waters whose researches formed the nucleus of,
and inspiration for this site, died on 2nd February 2015 aged 91.
Read his obituary in The Guardian Online 16 March 201


1939 photo of the five Doy brothers on the brink of war.

Newly acquired wedding photo of Frederick and Claurene Clarke, No 35 High Street.

Rare photos of the Denny & Jones fire and the rebuilt store in the early 1930s

New photo of boot repairer and musician,
Jack Farrington

Four priceless new photo additions: William Mortlock (Picture Palace usher, C1910), Gas Light Co showroom 1938, Brickmakers Arms, 1930s, Mullender's Boot Makers, 1930s

Additional info and photo for the Newsons, bakers at No 8 Victoria Street


'The Night the Sea Came' - First-hand memories of the 1953 Floods in Ferry Road

Memories of Mildred Button - Daughter of a Marlborough Road draper during the First World War

Southwold's Rope & Twine Industry

The Wenhaston Millions - Southwold's year of collective delusion

George Gage - The jovial, horse-obsessed landlord of The Crown Hotel by Jenny Hursell






1957 - 1958 Ordnance Survey map provided by

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