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No 1 High Street

Coal merchant Thomas Moy moved to No 1 High Street after the closure of the Southwold-to-Halesworth Railway in 1929. Before that he had his headquarters in Station Yard, Blyth Road. He owned the fleet of 15 goods wagons that ran on the narrow-gauge track. One of Thomas Moy & Co's most noteworthy achievements was to bring in to the town the million and a half bricks required to build the lighthouse in 1888.


1937, 1939
Thomas Moy - Coal Office (K1937, SRB1939).

Thomas Moy - Coal Office (SRB1940)


Thomas Moy - Coal Office.

Gary May who lives next door at Prospect Place (No 33/33a Station Road) recalls that Mrs Vera Mayhew runs the Coal Office and lives on the premises with her husband, William Mayhew.

Thomas Moy - Coal Office (SPM1969)

Charringtons - Coal Merchants (LM)


- Coal Merchants (LM)

Private Residence


Private Residence


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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.

An advertisement which appeared in the Southwold Railway Timetable in 1910 when the Thomas Moy business was still based in the Station yard.

Thomas Moy advertisement 1960

...and in the Southwold Magazine fifty years later in 1960
(reproduced courtesy of David Wright)