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No 36 High Street - Montague House

This mid-18th century Grade ll listed building is most noted for its associations with George Orwell (b Eric Blair). It was his parents' retirement home after moving out of No 3 Queen Street and he spent time here in the 1930s. Although originally a single residence it is now two - numbered 34 and 36. No 34 has its entrance via the garden on the left whose wrought iron railings are themselves Grade ll Listed.


Mrs J B Denny (Elizabeth) - Spirella Corsetier. (SPM 1924)

Spirella was founded in 1904 and, instead of selling via retail outlets, focuses exclusively on bespoke designs by its trained and certificated 'Corsetiers' who visited clients in their homes. Mrs Denny is one of them. The Spirella company ceased in 1969.

Elizabeth is the wife of John Burlong Denny who set up home at Montague House four years ago, having returned to Southwold from his home in Lincolnshire to run the rapidly expanding family tailoring business at No 11 Market Place.


Mrs J B Denny (Elizabeth) - Spirella Corsetier. (SPM 1930)

Residential (Blair Family)

Charles Victor Jackson - Jackson's Coaches & Taxis. Mr Jackson runs his business from his home. (SRB 26:11:45)


Charles Victor Jackson - Jackson's Private Hire Service - Coaches & Cars

Charles Victor Jackson
- Jackson's Coaches & Taxis
. - Charles Jackson dies this year. (Source: his daughter, Mary Smith)






Now wholly residential (Date?)


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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.

Mrs Denny's advert in the 1922 Southwold Shopping Week Programme