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No 33 High Street

George and Barbara Lay - Grocer's shop (C1871, W1874). Barbara is also a dressnaker. Their daughter, also named Barbara, will (in 1883) marry Francis Carter of No 14-18 Victoria Street.They will live at No 78 High Street, and give birth in 1887 to Reginald Carter, the celebrated postcard artist. (Source: 'Reg Carter Remembered' - by Hilary Huckstep, pub Southwold Museum 2004)

Barbara Lay - Grocer. George dies this year and his widow takes over the business. Shortly before her own death in 1897 (GRO), she moves home and business to 33 Station Road known as 'Prospect Place'.

Wangford Farm Stores - According to Kelly's, the property is now owned by the Executors of C M Smith)

John Baldry - Corn & Forage Merchant and Flour Dealer (SRT 1915, K1916)
John Baldry - Corn & Forage Merchant and Flour Dealer (K1924)

Walter James Doy and his son, Spencer Frederick Doy - trading as WJ Doy & Son,Coal and Corn Merchants, acquire the business this year. No 33 becomes the registered address of the combined Doy family business which has historically traded from buildings at 15 Lorne Road. The
coal merchant side remains at Lorne Road, managed by Spencer Frederick while Walter James concentrates on the Corn Merchant side.


Walter J Doy & Son -
Trading as W J Doy and Son. Management of the shop has recently been taken over by one of Walter's five sons, Cyril E Doy (younger brother of Spencer Frederick) Walter having fallen ill. He dies in June this year.

Note: Before the war, Cyril Doy was a print apprentice at SP James Printers (Nos 6-8 Church Street). During the war, he spent two years as a prisoner of the Japanese. After a period of rehabilitation at Long Melford at the end of the war, Cyril joined printers Caxton's of Beccles. His own father strongly advised him not to accept the invitation to take over the management of the Corn Merchant shop, saying that it would not provide a viable living. Cyril ignored the advice and supplemented his income as a Reydon Postman. (Source: Cyril Doy and his niece, Pat Peak)


Cyril E Doy - Trading as 'Walter J Doy and Son - Corn Merchant (CSP1953)

Cyril E Doy - Corn Merchant, Pet food and supplies


Cyril E Doy - 'Pets' Corner' - Corn Merchant, Pet food and supplies (Source: Photo right)


D V Jackson & Co
- Investment and Insurance Agents. The company shares its offices with...

Simon Moore - publisher/editor of The Blyth Bugle, the town's free newspaper.(LM) Dates?


D V Jackson & Co - Investment and Insurance Agents. The company shares its offices with...

Simon Moore - publisher/editor of The Blyth Bugle, the town's free newspaper.(LM)



Simon Moore - publisher/editor of The Blyth Bugle, the town's free newspaper.(TTR2000)

Vanessa Collen and Clare Adkins open their first clothes boutique 'collen & clare'. The following year they move the main part of their business to No 25 Market Place, retaining 33 first as a 'sale shop' and later as a children's clothes shop.


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. ***

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.

Advert in the Southwold Railway Timetable 1915

Promotional blotter from John Baldry.
Reproduced courtesy of Cyril Doy.
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Cyril Doy's pet supplies shop photographed on Saturday 30 June 1979 by David Baker whom we thank for supplying it.

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D V Jackson & Co in 1996
Photo courtesy of David Weight