II Listed, Sutherland House is one of the most ancient
and historically interesting houses in Southwold,
with a late medieval timber frame and 15th century
structure and with an early 19th century facade. It
is particularly noted for its heavily ornamented 17th
Century plaster ceilings which were reputedly installed
when The Duke of York (later James II) made his base
here during the Anglo/ Dutch wars (1665-1674).
In Elizabethan times, this was the home of a
wealthy merchant Thomas Camell, who
gave his name to the adjacent 'Camel's Lane' , now
called Victoria Street. The name 'Sutherland House'
is relatively recent, dating from the 19th Century
when it was the home of a retired Scottish surgeon,
John Sutherland, who became one of
the town's first mayors.
Mary Anne Denny (Minnie) - Principal,
Girls' Boarding School. (K1896). Mary Ann (age 33)
is a daughter of William Denny, the tailor who runs Denny & Son at No
11 Market Place. Sutherland House is not just
a conventional boarding school; it also bills itself
as a "Seaside Home" to which "Delicate
Children Requiring Sea Air [are] Received by the Week."
In addition to running a school, Minnie has a workshop creating what she calls 'Art Needlework' for sale.
Note: Although Kelly's records this as a Girls'
Boarding School, it is clear from the school photos,
right, that it also admits boys, at least as day pupils.