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No 32 High Street

These premises have been a fish and chip shop for at least 100 years.

John Charles Turrell - Fried Fish Dealer (K1916)
John Charles Turrell - Fried Fish Dealer

John Charles Turrell - Fried Fish Dealer (K1937). A 'One-'n-one' referred to one pennyworth of fish and one pennyworth of chips. (LM)

The shop is popularly known as 'Sophie's' after John's wife, Sophie Emily Turrell

John Charles Turrell - Bombs fell in the street outside the shop. Click here to read a personal memory.


John Charles Turrell (CSP 1953). John dies in 1958 aged 73. His widow Sophie Emily sells the business to Arthur J Swan who already owns the wet fish shop at Nos 1 - 3 Church Street.

Note: Sophie dies 1 December 1973, aged 84, and is buried with her husband in St Lawrence churchyard, South Cove.

Arthur J Swan - Fried Fish dealer.




Michael & Joy Sims - 'Mark's Fish & Chips' (dates required)

John and April Barber - 'Mark's Fish & Chips'




Cuthbert & Palmer - 'Mark's Fish and Chips.'

Alan & Jane Palmer - 'Mark's Fish & Chips'


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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.

This 1960 advertisement in Southwold Magazine suggests that A J Swan, fishmonger of Nos 1-3 Church Street, was also running this fish and chip shop.
Reproduced courtesy of David Wright.
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Mark's Fish & Chips - mid 1980s

Michael & Joy Sims in 'Mark's Fish & Chips' in the mid 1980s.
Reproduced from 'To the Town' by kind permission of Stephen Wolfenden

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