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No 51 High Street

No 51 was built in the 17th century. The adjacent No 51a is a 19th century extension.




Mr & Mrs King - 'Bettye Anne's' - Arts, Crafts, Millinery, Costumier. (SRB1947). The Kings previously ran their business at No 76 High Street.


Mr & Mrs King - 'Bettye Anne's' - Arts, Crafts, Millinery, Costumier.(SRB1952)

Mrs Hannah Dorothy Buncombe - establishes 'The Dickon Florist'


Marie Denny - takes over 'The Dickon Florist' from Mrs Buncombe. (LM)


Cynthia Whiting - takes over ownership of 'The Dickon Florist' having previously worked for both Hannah Buncombe and Marie Denny. (LM)

Geoff Flood - Florist (LM)


Geoff Flood - Florist (LM

Lyn Goldspink & Susan Denny - Trading as 'Lazy Larder' - Tea rooms and ready meals.


Lyn Goldspink & Susan Denny - Trading as 'Lazy Larder' - Tea rooms and ready meals.

Mary Allen
- trading as 'Temptations' - Bakery, sandwiches etc. (SST1993)


David Wright - 'Fresh Bite' sandwich shop and bakery

Alison Boucher
- Trading as 'Number 51' restaurant

(We are grateful for the help of Mary & Derek Smith and of Robin Buncombe, son of Hannah Dorothy Buncombe, in establishing the history of the businesses at this address. Also Maxine - See Forum comment below)


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
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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.

No 51 is the unit on the right - a 17th century construction. 51a on the left is a later extension.

Southwold Cinema Programme 1958

Mr Flood - Florist

Geoff Flood in his Florist's shop, photographed in the mid 1980s.
Reproduced from 'To the Town' by kind permission of Stephen Wolfenden

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1989 advertisement in the Southwold Summer Theatre programme

1993 advertisement in the Southwold Summer Theatre programme