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No 100 High Street
 

Nos 98 and 100 constitute one Grade II Listed architectural entity which was built in about 1835. James Maggs records that a public house, 'The Two Brewers', previously stood on this site and its landlord from 1814 was James Martin who moved to the Red Lion on South Green in 1820.

James was succeeded at the 'Two Brewers' by Robert Barber and, ten years later, in 1830, by John Crowford. Crowford moved to take over the King's Head in 1834 and the pub was promptly demolished by one James Robinson. It is not clear whether JR was already the freeholder or purchased it at the time. Either way, he proceeded to build himself the present building on the site. He died in 1836 and, three years later his widow had a plan to turn the house back into a pub and applied for an Excise Licence. There was a public outcry; 180 householders presented magistrates with a petition of opposition and the application was turned down.

James Robinson whose home was the building which is now Lloyds Bank, (No 17 Market Place) was one of Southwold's leading public figures with a reputation for ostentatious altruism and hosting lavish public fetes. However, he was by no means universally liked and there was a bitter political feud between him and Robert May of No 65 High Street (The Manor House).

1874
Robert Peirson Critten - Chemist (W1874, K1896). Some time in the 1880s, it seems that R P Critten moves his chemist business to No 21 High Street. (Needs validation)


1907
Albert E Sawyer MPS- Chemist (SVL1907, K1908)

F H Targett LDS - Dentist, attends on Thursdays.


 
Albert E Sawyer MPS - Chemist
 
Albert E Sawyer MPS - Chemist. Charles J Evans FBOA, FIO, DBO (Opthalmic optician), aattends on Thursdays.
 

1933
Albert E Sawyer MPS - Chemist (K1933, 1937)
Charles J Evans FBOA, FIO, DBO (Opthalmic optician), aattends on Thursdays.


Albert E Sawyer MPS - Chemist

 

1953
Albert E Sawyer MPS - Chemist (CSP1953)

c1960
Peter C Munt - Pharmaceutical Chemist (Source: advertisement right) PC Munt claims to be been established in 1825 but plainly not at this address. Information required.


 

Peter C Munt - Pharmaceutical Chemist

 

1984
Peter C Munt - Pharmaceutical Chemist (TTT1988)

1987
Howells & Harrison (Southend) Ltd - (SST1987)

1989
Howell, Harrison & Mason - Note loss of 's' in Howell! (SST1989)


 

1990
Howell & Mason
- (SST1990)

1992
Howells & Brooks
- Chemist


 
 

Howells & Jolley - Chemist (dates, details)

   

Do you have any memories or records about this address? Can you correct any of our information or fill in any of our blanks? If so, please email Barry Tolfree
or comment right here in our Forum. See below. ***

SOURCES:
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.



Robert P Critten bill head 1891

Robert Critten bill head dated 1891. From a collection in Southwold Museum.
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R P Critten memo head . From a collection in Southwold Museum
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Sawyer's in the 1920s. The name of their predecessor, Critten, may still be seen at the very top. From a postcard in the Robert Palmer collection.
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Advertisement in the Southwold Visitors List 1907. Click the image to enlarge

1909 Art Nouveu style promotional calendar printed on celluloid.
Image courtesy of David Baker
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Advertisement in the Southwold Railway Timetable 1915. Interestingly, Sawyer has stopped advertising tobacco products!
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1922 advertisement in the Southwold Corporation Tourist Guide.
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January 1928 stamped receipt for settlement of account for recent purchases made by Eustace Edward Grubbe of Park Lane.
They include several probable Christmas gifts such as a cut glass spray perfume bottle, 'Quelque Fleurs' perfume and other fragrances.

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Reproduced courtesy of Murray Gellatly

Sawyer's interior c1920s
Southwold Museum P2351

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1969 advertisement for PC Munt in the Programme of the Rotary Club's Leisure Activities Exhibition


P C Munt shopfront , probably in the late 1960s.

Southwold Museum P2348
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Munt's Chemist in mid 1980s

Munt's Chemist in the mid 1980s.
Reproduced from 'To the Town' by kind permission of Stephen Wolfenden

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1987 advertisement in the Southwold Summer Theatre programme

1989 advertisement in the Southwold Summer Theatre programme

1990 advertisement in the Southwold Summer Theatre programme

1992 advertisement in the Southwold Summer Theatre programme