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No 2 High Street - Marquess of Lorne

This was an alehouse probably since the mid 19th century until 1956. It was once known as 'The Wagon and Horses'. The date of the name change is not clear but was possibly in 1871 to commemorate the wedding of John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll (known as the Marquess of Lorne) to Princess Louise - the first time a princess had married a commoner since 1515. At any rate, by the 1890s it was undoubtedly known as 'The Marquis of Lorne' and was an Adnams pub as is evidenced by the photo, right. At some date the spelling of the pub's name was changed from the continental 'Marquis' to the English version, 'Marquess'. (See pubsign photo, right)

Richard Lord - Beer house keeper (K).

Richard, who hailed from North Norfolk, previously owned at least three cargo sailing ships: 'Lapwing of Wells', 'Wells Packet' and 'Katherine Fraser of Wells'. One of these, a coal boat, was destroyed by fire at Blackshore in 1863 (M). Afterwards - in about 1881 - he worked as a pork butcher at No 5 Constitution Hill - then called 'South End' before taking over the Marquis of Lorne beer house.

Richard had married Maria Harrison in Hunstanton, Norfolk, in 1855 and they lived at Heacham, Norfolk before moving to Southwold in about 1862. (Sources: N P Moran, Richard Lord's Great Great Grandson)

Richard & Maria Lord - Landlord and landlady of the Marquis of Lorne. They have eleven children - Ellen, Charlotte, Richard John, Eleanor, Fanny, Thomas, William, Charles, Mary, Frederick and Margaret. In 1891 only the last three (teenagers) still lived at home(C1891). Richard is also described as a cider merchant and dairyman (W) whilst his wife is described as innkeeper and cow keeper.

Baldry - Beer Seller Marquis of Lorne(K1896)

William Girling - Beer Retailer Marquis of Lorne (K1908)

William Girling - Marquis of Lorne Beer Retailer.
William Girling - Beer Retailer Marquis of Lorne (K1924)

Ernest Robert Moyes - Beer Retailer Marquess of Lorne (K1933, 1937)
Ernest Moyes takes over the licenseeship this year having spent the previous 23 years working for Adnams Brewery as a foreman lorry driver. For more details of his life click here.

Ernest Robert Moyes - Beer Retailer, Marquess of Lorne (SRB1939),

Ernest Robert Moyes - Beer Retailer The Marquess of Lorne


Ernest Moyes retires as the landlord of the Marquess of Lorne and is replaced, briefly, by W E Jenkinson. (SRB). Ernest dies in 1959.

The premises are delicensed on 5 April and become a private residence.

Private residence


Private residence

Private residence

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.

The former Marquess of Lorne today, converted for residential use.

The Marquess of Lorne in the 1890s. (Southwold Museum P273). Click the picture to enlarge.

Marquess of Lorne pub sign front

Marquess of Lorne pub sign, back

The pub sign for the Marquess of Lorne reproduced by kind permission of tthe sign's present owner, Murray Gellatly.

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