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No 50 Church Street




Ernest Goldsmith - Corn Merchant (K1933) and animal feed merchant.. Ernest is remembered as a dog-lover who is often called upon by residents to act as an unofficial vet for both cats and dogs. Another of his sidelines is running the roller skating rink at the pier. Skating takes place in the ballroom of the Pier Pavilion. (LM)

Note: Ernest is a son of Thomas & Matilda Goldsmith. See No 2-4 Stradbroke Road

Ernest Goldsmith - Corn Merchant. He ceases trading on 24th June this year (SRB).

Roland (Roley) James Wells - Boot and Shoe Maker. He is also the town 'Mace Bearer'. Roland's son, Herbert Noel Wells, also works in the shop as well as having a part-time job as a postman.


Roland (Roley) James Wells - Boot and Shoe Maker. Roland's son, Herbert, Noel Wells, also works in the shop

Late 50s?
Demolished to make way for the supermarket car park.

To read Steven Wells' memories of his father, Herbert, and grandfather Roland, click here.









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BSD - Bernard Segrave-Daly
BCS = Bygones & Characters of Southwold by Barrett Jenkins
C = Census
CP = Cinema Programme 1958
CSP = Coronation Souvenir Programme 1953
G = Gales Trade Directory
GRO = General Register Office
K = Kelly's Directory
LM = Local memory
M = James Maggs' Southwold Diary 1818-1876
MCG = Methodist Church Guide 1930
NA = National Archives
PP = Pantomime Programme 1933
PLR = Petrol Licence Records

POD = Post Office Directory
PPP = Pier Pavilion Programme 1924, 1926
RCE = Rotary Club Exhibition 1969
SCM = Southwold Catholic Magazine 1923
SCTG = Southwold Corporation Tourist Guide
SER = Southwold Electoral Register
SFP = Southwold Scouts Fete Programme 1947
SG = Southwold Guide
SGCH = Southwold Golf Club Handbook
SLHR = Southwold Local History Recorder 1980s 1990s (Mrs R. McDermot)
SMHS = Southwold Museum & Historical Society

SN = Southwold & Neighbourhood 1903
SPM = Southwold Parish Magazine 1895 -1954
SR = Southwold Recorder 1927, 1932, 1934, 1935
SRB = Southwold Rate Book
SRT = Southwold Railway Timetable 1915
SSAS = Southwold Sea Angling Society Handbook 1909
SST = Southwold Summer Theatre Programmes
SSW = Southwold Shopping Week Programme, June/July 1922
STG = Southwold Town Guide 1930
SVL = Southwold Visitors List 1907, 1930
SVCP = Southwold Victory Celebration Programme 1946
SWCG = Southwold Wesleyan Church Guide

TTR = 'The Town Revisited' - Portraits of Southwold by Stephen Wolfenden 2000
TTT = ''To The Town' - Portraits of Southwold by Stephen Wolfenden 1988
W = White’s History, Gazetteer and Directory of Suffolk 1874

Note on dates
Unless otherwise stated, dates given do not indicate the years in which the business started or finished but those for which there is firm evidence that it was trading at this address. Sources in brackets; key at bottom of page.

Nos 46,48 and 50 were demolished to make space for the supermarket car park.
No 50 was a large wooden hut (LM)

A 1930s Southwold Cinema advertising slide for Ernest Goldsmith.
Southwold Museum