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Former Fish Market

The Southwold fish market building was constructed as part of the Corporation's major initiative to redevelop the harbour, enabling Southwold to compete as a leading herring port. The new harbour works and market hall (affectionately known as the 'Kipperdrome') were complete in 1907-8. By the1908-9 herring season, about 300 drifters were landing catches at the harbour and teams of itinerant Scottish fish girls were employed to gut, salt and pack them in barrels ready for sale. Southwold's herring boom lasted only about six years and was over by the start of World War I.

Opening of new Fish Market building.















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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.

Southwold Fish Market under construction in about 1907 .
Reproduced from a postcard in the late Robert Palmer collection, by kind permission of Margaret Palmer.

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Southwold Fish Market just after completion in about 1907
Southwold Museum P2019
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The market in operation in about 1908
Southwold Museum P449-2
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Scottish Herring Girl packing fish in salt,
about 1908
Southwold Museum P735
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Fish packing, Southwold Harbour in about 1908.
Southwold Museum P2009
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Fish sale at Southwold Harbour in about 1908
Southwold Museum P006