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No 39 High Street

Robert John Allen & Son - Builders (K1908). R J Allen & Son, Builders and Monumental masons, are also recorded at this time at No 24 High Street where they have their workshop and stonemasons' yard. No 39 is primarily their home.

Robert John Allen & Son - Builders (K1916)
Robert John Allen & Son - Builders (K1924)

Mary Ann Waldorf - Ladies' Hairdresser (K1933). Mrs Waldorf also runs a large apartment house, known as Centre Cliff Lodge at
No 10 South Green
as well as being the proprietor of the Marlborough Hotel.

In 1934, she also purchases No 26 North Parade. This same year, Mrs Waldorf and her daughter, Muriel, are at the centre of an extraordinary set of events which hogs the tabloid headlines for months and comes to be popularly known as the case of 'The Wenhaston Millions'.

To read an account of this case, compiled from contemporary news stories, click here.

Frederick Humphries - 'Maison Frederic', Ladies' Hairdresser. Maison Frederic bills itself as 'Late of Old Bond Street'. See 1946 advertisement, right.


1950 - 1954
Frederick Humphries - 'Maison Frederic', Ladies Hairdresser (SER1950, 1954)

Frederick Humphries - 'Maison Frederic', Ladies Hairdresser, closes this year. (Source: Mrs Jean Noller)

Mrs Jean Noller - Isobel Hairdressing (Source: Mrs Jean Noller)



Mrs Jean Noller - Isobel Hairdressing


Mrs Jean Noller - Isobel Hairdressing, ceases trading this year. (Source: Mrs Jean Noller)

1987 - 88

Mrs Clarke - Dates and details required.


Carol Tooke - 'Carol's Treasures'. Basement antique shop.Carol is the wife of John Tooke who runs 'Trash 'n' Carry' at the former chapel in Blackmill Road. (SST1995)

Name - Farleigh House Antiques Source

Sharon Munday - antiques (basement shop)


2003 approx
Sharon Munday - antiques closes.(LM)

Name - 'Fair Enough' - Recycled and hand-made Gift Shop. A spin-off from a similar business in Walberswick. Occupies the Ground Floor. Closes September 2011.


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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.

Maison Frederic advert from 1946

1946 advertisement placed in the souvenir programme for the Southwold Victory Celebrations.

1960 advert for Maison Frederic

...and in 1960. Reproduced from Southwold Magazine

With thanks to David Wright for the two images above.

1995 advertisement in the Southwold Summer Theatre programme.

Click the image to enlarge