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No 56 High Street (Garden Room)

This was a bungalow-style structure built in the garden of No 56, Sutherland House. It was approached via a gate in Victoria Street.


c 1922
Mary Anne Denny
(Minnie) uses this building as an 'art needlework' room after retiring from running the main Sutherland House building as a girls' school.
Meanwhile the main house has been taken over by antique dealer, B Granville. He has had the garden room built for Minnie, presumably to allow him more display space in the house.

Fifteen-year-old Mildred Button, whose late father, Joseph Button, has been running a drapery and outfitter's business at Bradford House, Marlborough Road, started work here this year. Read her account here.


Mary Anne Denny - 'Art needlework' ( K1933,K1937). Minnie dies in 1948 in The Sun Care Home in Hotson Road.

The Garden Room becomes popularly known as 'Granville's Hut' and is used by the Royal British Legion as a clubroom throughout the decade.







Mary Gundry - artist. uses the Garden Room as a gallery for her work. It is named The Garden Gallery.

Mary Gundry - Garden Gallery closes this year and reopens at No 64 High Street (SLHR)


During the first decade of the 2000s, the Garden Room is used in the summer months for weekend lunchtime performances by Jill Freud & Company theatre.

Cornucopia antiques - Have moved here from the Former Chapel building in Blackmill Road when the latter is sold for redevelopment.

The building is demolished preparatory to redevelopment.


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.


The Garden Room from Victoria Street

Demolition in progress February 2016