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No 17 Cumberland Road (Cumberland Terrace)


Maria Tolhurst Child and Mary Newman Child - 'School for Young Ladies' (K1888, 1892, K1896). Maria and Mary are sisters of George Edmund Child (Senior), the well known local iron founder of No 9 Market Place(Child's Yard). Maria describes herself as the School's 'Principal' while her sister, a year younger, is 'Assistant Teacher'. Before setting up the school here, the sisters were running a similar establishment at an unknown address in the High Street, (C1881).

In Kelly''s Directory of 1888 the address of the Misses Childs' school is given as 5 Cumberland Terrace. (Cumberland Terrace was a group of half a dozen three-storey properties directly fronting St Edmund's Church Green before the present Cumberland road was built.) In the 1891 Census the Childs' address is recorded as No 2 East Green. Further confusion: a year later the 1892 Kelly's Directory puts the school at No 3 Cumberland Terrace while, in 1896 and 1901, Kelly's settles on No 17 Cumberland Terrace.By this time we suspect that the numbering had been adjusted to include all the new properties between East Green and Field Stile Road although the name Cumberland Road was not adopted until after 1911.

Maria & Mary Child - 'School for Young Ladies'. (K1900). This is the last reference we have found to the Childs' school. The sisters are now in their 60s. However, in 1913, aged 76, Maria Tolhurst Child publishes a volume of religious poetry, titled 'Fettered and other poems'.





c 1957
Miss M A Moss - 'Roses Way' School for boys and girls. The school has moved here from No 26 North Parade. (Requires verification). The Roses Way Kindergarten moves at about the same time to No 30 South Green where it is run by Miss E A Bonsey. (Source are two undated editions of a Southwold Guide which were published in the late 1950s)









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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.

No 17 is on the right of the picture - with the garden gate.