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No 53 High Street

Henry William Hurr - Saddler and Leather Goods Stores. Fishing Tackle. Travel and Sports goods. Invalid chairs for sale and hire. (K1896) The Hurr family will continue to run this successful business for more than 70 years.

Henry William Hurr - as above

Henry William Hurr - as above
Henry William Hurr - Sadler and Leather Goods Stores. Fishing Tackle. Travel and Sports goods. Invalid chairs for sale and hire. (K1924)

Henry William Hurr - Saddler and Leather Goods Stores. Fishing Tackle. Travel and Sports goods. Invalid chairs for sale and hire.
(K1933. 1937)

Annie Hurr (nee Robinson)- Henry William Hurr's wife, takes over the shop (SER 1947)


Miss Muriel M Hurr - 'M M Hurr' - Fishing Tackle and Leather Goods (CSP) - Muriel is Annie & Henry's daughter. Her married sister, Mrs E Bird, runs the greengrocer's shop next door at No 55 High Street which is also owned by Miss M Hurr.

Miss Muriel M Hurr - Fishing Tackle and Leather Goods (SRB1969)

We are grateful to John Dixon for information on the Hurr family who may also be found at No 64 High Street and No 10 Stradbroke Road.

To read two memories of Muriel Hurr, click here.


Miss Muriel M Hurr - closes her business shortly after currency decimalisation.

Opticians - It is believed that the practice is run by two men. Names and Dates required.



Carolyn Reeder - Reeder's Opticians

- Opticians. This is one of five branches in East Anglia and London, Muswell Hill. Owners?


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.

Advertisement in a Guide to Southwold, approx 1905
With thanks to Robert Temple

Advertisement in the Southwold Visitors' List 1907

H W Hurr's Tide Table for 1919.
Image courtesy of David Baker

1929 advertisement in Southwold Wesleyan Church Guide.
Courtesy of Heather Osmer

Two identical copies of an old tinplate sign advertising Elliman's horse embrocation, photographed on the wall of No 53 by Joseph Mason in the 1950s.
Reproduced by permission.

Click picture to enlarge.
Visit Joe Mason's East Anglian blog here

Muriel Hurr outside her shop in the late 1960s.
Photo courtesy of Simon Loftus.

Click image to enlarge and to read two memories of Miss Hurr.