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No 10 - 10a Field Stile Road - Town Farm

Field Stile Road marks roughly the boundary between the Corporation property on the south side and the open fields of Town Farm to the North.The Town Farm Estate was, in fact, owned by the Town until, in 1899, the Coast Development Company Ltd offered to buy it for £8000 in order to develop and expand the northern side of the town to maximise the tourism potential of the resort. The offer was accepted. The result was a transformation which included the Pier, the Belle Steamer service, Pier Avenue, The Grand Hotel, The Station Hotel, and a new Power Station.

The dog-leg turn in the road on which this early 19th century house stands marks the point where the original track down to the beach had to circumnavigate the Town Farm buildings of which this is a survivor.
It appears to have been retained by the Town Council after the sale of the lands and used to accommodate officers of the borough. It may also have been used briefly at the turn of the century as a temporary hospital and nurses home, pending the completion of the Cottage Hospital in 1903. (Requires confirmation)

With thanks to Judith Simmons in helping to piece together the history of this address



James Snowden Hurst - Borough Surveyor, occupies the building with his wife Sarah and only son Geoffrey Snowden Hurst. (not known whether the premises were also used as an office.(K1925)

Note: The Hursts had another son, James Shaw Hurst, who had died in infancy.Geoffrey, a private with the Royal Norfolk Regiment, was killed at sea aged 24 and is buried in Singapore.


James Snowden Hurst dies in 1949.


Late 60s
The house is divided into two dwellings on the death of Sarah Hurst. One is sold and the other remains in Council ownership.








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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.