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No 67 High Street

Before the present building, this was the home of William Crisp and his family, Southwold's first mayor in 1836, the owner of Southwold Brewery and leaseholder of the Town Mill until his death on February 23 1844. James Maggs records in his diary of April 11: "Sale by auction of the Brewery, Maltings, Granary, Shipping, Residence, Building Ground and Lodging House..."

Edgar Pipe - Agent, Barclays & Co.(K1896). This the the year that Barclays & Co is founded, with the merging of several provincial banks, including Backhouse Bank of Darlington and Gurneys of Norwich. Many local banks are subsequently absorbed and become Barclays agencies.

Edgar Pipe will later become an important local dignatory. He is Mayor four times: between 1904 and 1906, 1912 and 1913, 1914 and 1919, 1932 and 1934.


1930 approx
Edward W Wright - Bank Manager, Barclays . Edward Wright is promoted to Branch Manager this year, having been on the staff for some three years previously. Until now, he has lived in a flat overlooking South Green (believed to be no 10 South Green) beneath which his wife, Geraldine Nash ran a dance studio. With the promotion, the family move into the flat above the bank and, in due course, so does the Dance Studio. David Wright, their son, recalls: "The dance school was held upstairs over the main part of the bank and quite often my father would have to tell Mother to quieten it down as it was annoying the customers".

Geraldine becomes very active in the performing arts life of the area, running dance classes in schools and at several venues in surrounding villages as well as at St Edmund's Hall in Cumberland Road in addition to maintaining her studio. She also sets up a Pantomime Group with Reginald Mumford, the ironmonger of No 66 High Street across the road. The group is named 'The Iron Muggers'.

In 1933 Geraldine and Reginald mount a production of Cinderella for the Southwold Junior Conservative Amateur Dramatic Society. To see a signed copy of the programme, click here.

Edward W Wright - Bank Manager, Barclays. To read David Wright's memories of his father, click here.

Geraldine Nash - School of Dancing


Edward Wright - Bank Manager, Barclays

Geraldine Nash - School of Dancing (CSP). Susan Wells, now Cllr Sue Doy, was a student of the Geraldine Nash school at this time. To see photographs of her and her friends performing in the Pier Pavilion, click here.


Edward W Wright - Bank Manager, Barclays, retires this year. (Source: David Wright, son) He is replaced by...

L W Scott - Bank Manager




Richard (Dick) Barratt - Bank Manager, Barclays. (Source, photo, right)




Continues to be a branch of Barclays Bank.


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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.

William Crisp., first Mayor of Southwold in 1836, following the Municipal Corporation Act .
Reproduced from 'Bygones and Local Characters of Southwold' by Barrett Jenkins, with the kind permission of his daughter, Ann Thornton.

1933 advert for Geraldine Nash School of Dance

1933 advertisement for the Geraldine Nash School of Dance reproduced from the programme for the pantomime Cinderella which she helped stage for the Junior Conservative Amateur Dramatic Society.
Click the advert to enlarge

E W Wright portrait

E W Wright in the early 1960s
Photo reproduced courtesy of his son, David Wright.

Geraldine Nash portrait

Geraldine Nash, wife of E W Wright,
Photo reproduced courtesy of their son, David Wright

Cover of Panto programme 1933

Programme for the 1933 panto. Click the picture to see the signed cast list

Sue Doy 1

Sue Wells (now Cllr Sue Doy) attended Geraldine Nash's junior Dance studio and danced in productions in the Pier Pavilion.
Pictures kindly supplied by Sue Doy.

Click the picture to see more photos of the shows.

Dick Barratt - Barclays Manager in the mid 1980s

Dick Barratt, Barclays Bank Manager in the mid 1980s.
Reproduced from 'To the Town' by kind permission of Stephen Wolfenden

Click the picture to enlarge