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Daisy Villa - (now Hill Crest)

Henry John Goldsmith - 'Jobmaster' [someone who rents out coaches and horses by the day or week] (SN1903, K1908). Henry John (age 55 this year) also operates his business from the Crown Hotel Yard in the High Street. Henry, known as Harry, and his wife Anna Maria, have five children: Susie, Richard, William, Ethel and Georgie.

To read a short editorial piece (Southwold & Neighborhood 1903) about Henry and his business, click here.

Note: The photo of William Goldsmith and his goat carts reproduced on the right, is possibly Henry's son, William James (born 1879). We would welcome confirmation of this. Did he continue to run his business from Daisy Villa through the following decade?


Henry John Goldsmith - 'Jobmaster' (C)


Edward Percy Rawlins - Southwold Riding Academy (K1924).Mr Rawlins, whose home is in Blythburgh, advertises himself as "Late Royal Scots Greys" - a cavalry regiment of the British Army.

Unfortunately, in 1934 (just after he has retired from running the Riding Academy) he is to fall victim to a fraud which will change his life and dominate tabloid headlines for months.It will come to be popularly known as 'The Wenhaston Millions'.

To read an account, compiled from contemporary news stories, click here

Major Rawlins dies in 1936.


Charles Bailey - Southwold Riding Academy (K1933, 1937)









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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.

Daisy Villa

Daisy Villa from the Common

Daisy Villa (nowadays called 'Hill Crest') is the white-painted house. The stables occupied the space now used for two garages and an upstairs extension

1905 advertisement in 'A Guide to Southwold'.
Thanks to Robert Goldsmith

Henry Goldsmith advertisement

Advertisement in the Southwold Visitors List of 1907.

William Goldsmith

This photo, from Barrett Jenkins' book, 'Bygones and Local Characters of Southwold', shows William Goldsmith on Southwold Common in the early 1900s with his 'fleet' of children's goat carts. This is probably William James Goldsmith, Henry's son.
Photo reproduced courtesy of Ann Thornton.

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1921advertisement reproduced from the Southwold Golf Club Handbook of that year, courtesy of Heather Osmer.
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Advert for Riding Academy

From the Southwold Wesleyan Church Handbook 1929

Advert for Riding Academy

From the Golf Club Handbook for 1930-31.

Both adverts reproduced courtesy of Heather Osmer