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The workshop was adjacent to the 'Dutch Barn' restaurant on the South side. The two probably had strong historic business links, with this and other nearby workshops building wherries and the original 'Dutch Barn' premises supplying the sails. Perhaps surprisingly, considering its flood-prone location, the building had a semi-basement where Stanley Aldrich worked. Although it was a substantial, brick-built building, it was totally destroyed in the 1953 floods along with several bungalows to the south.. (LM)





Stanley Aldrich - Boat builder and model boat maker and maker of high-class woodwork
(K1933) See Joe Mason's blog on his memories of Stanley Aldrich.

During the summer months, Stanley Aldrich abandoned woodwork in favour of running a refreshment kiosk on the beach, thought to be close to Gun Hill.(LM)











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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.

Aldrich's workshop in Ferry Road.
reproduced from a postcard in the collection of the late Robert Palmer by kind permission of his mother, Margaret Palmer.

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Stanley Aldrich's summer trade was running this refreshment kiosk on the South Beach.
reproduced from a postcard in the collection of the late Robert Palmer by kind permission of his mother, Margaret Palmer.

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