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No 59 High Street

Aaron Field - Dealer in antiques.(C) Aaron Field and his family will have moved next door to No 61 by the 1911 census.He is also recorded as trading at No 57. At varying times Nos 55 and 59 have each been joined with 57. Aaron Field will open a new antique shop at No 4 Trinity Street in 1924. To read an editorial about this business ('Southwold & Neighbourhood' - 1903) click here.

Julian Wright - Bootmaker, - single, age 37 (C)


Kenny Finch
- Antique dealer (LM) There are four Finch brothers. Frank and Jo run the garage at No 19a Church Street, and Albert is a grocer and greengrocer with a shop at No 25 High Street. (LM)

Peter & Wendy Gibbs - Trading as 'Maxwell's' (named after their dog!) - ladies' and children's clothes.


Peter & Wendy Gibbs - 'Maxwell's' - ladies' and children's clothes. The Gibbs sell the freehold this year but continue running the business under a lease.

The lease is sold to a Pine Furniture shop
. This is evidently a very short-lived business. (Name and details required)


Michael and Joyce Hyslop and their son, Mark Hyslop - Travel agents, trading as 'Sole Bay Travel'. Previously the Hyslops ran Squiers, the confectioners / teashop at No 71 HighStreet. Later, Sole Bay Travel will move to No 10 Market Place
(source: Jayne Barnett, nee Hyslop)

1987 approx
Mary Smith - Trading as 'Emmeline's', florists. Mary Smith, who has previously partnered her husband, Derek, at their greengrocers next door at Nos 55-57, takes over this premises, to start a florist's business. It is named after her and Derek's daughter.


Simon Moore - 'Blyth Bugle', Southwold's free news magazine, has moved from No 9 Pinkney's Lane. The office is in a first floor room, above 'Emmeline's. Later he will move to a part of No 33 High Street.(LM)

Mary Smith - Trading as 'Emmeline's', florists.(SST1994)


Mary Smith - Trading as 'Emmeline's', florists.(SST2000, 2005)

Mischa Lester -
Trading as 'Foxtail Lily' - Florist

Mischa Lester - Trading as 'Foxtail Lily' - Florist. The business vacates the ground-floor shop and moves to the First Floor as a telephone / online florist.

The shop is taken over by ...


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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.

1994 advertisement in the Southwold Summer Theatre programme