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No 73 High Street

D E Canova - Watchmaker (K1908). This is the business of Deborah Ellen the wife of Robert John Canova whose father, John Manzia Canova lately ran a watchmaker and Jewellery business at No 13 Market Place and in Halesworth. Robert and Deborah's son, born in 1900, is named after his father and grandfarther - Robert Manzia. (C)

Herbert Peck - Watchmaker. (K1916). Herbert has been invalided out of the services, having been severely gassed. He probably trained as a watchmaker before the war and now is glad to have this sedentary trade to fall back on.

He is joined by his half-brother, Arthur Cragie, some ten years his junior, who has himself been wounded by shrapnel from shellfire at the Battle of Passchendael and likewise invalided. Arthur received some basic training in watchmaking as part of his rehabilitation; the rest he will learn 'on the job' from Herbert. (Source: John Cragie, Arthur's son)

For more background on Arthur Cragie, click here

Herbert Peck - Watchmaker. (K1924)

Herbert Peck - Watchmaker. This year, as the Great Depression begins to bite, Herbert Peck and his young partner, Arthur Cragie agree that the business can no longer support both their families. As the business belongs to Herbert, Arthur leaves to set up a business of his own at No 24 Victoria Street.(Source: John Cragie, Arthur's son)

Herbert Peck - Watchmaker. (K1933,1937)

Herbert Peck's shop window is broken one June evening by a brick wrapped in a bus timetable. The thief
evidently meant to grab the contents of the window but, fortunately for Peck, the brick also broke the glass display shelf and most of the window display fell onto the floor, out of reach. The thief succeeded only in stealing a tray of signet rings. (Source: East Anglian June 8 1935)

Herbert Peck - Watchmaker. The business closes on 26 June this year.

Marian Brashier - 'Marian's' Art and Needlework Depot. Miss Brashier has traded in Southwold since 1908, first at No 11 East Street and then at No 29 Station Road and No 83 High Street before finally moving here. She is the first trader to occupy the shop since it closed for the War in 1940. (SRB1946)


Marian Brashier - 'Marian' - Wool and Art Needlework Specialist. (CSP)

J E G Barber & Sons
- This painting and decorating business is based in the flat above the shop. Mr Barber also maintains a workshop in Child's Yard, No 9 Market Place. (RCE1969 -Advertisement right))


Leicester Building Society

Alliance & Leicester Building Society

Alliance &
Leicester Building Society closes this year (SLHR1994)

Jamison Christie Wealth Management - Offices are shared with...


Nationwide Building Society


David Gaffney - Margary Miller, Solicitors. The firm has this year moved from No 1 Market Place. Offices are shared with...

Nationwide Building Society

David Gaffney - Margary Miller, Solicitors. Offices shared with
Ipswich Building Society

David Gaffney - Margary Miller, Solicitors, and Ipswich Building Society both close this year.



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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.

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

1969 advrtisement in the Programme of the Rotary Club's Leisure Activities Exhibition

When the Ipswich Building Society closed in October 2017, the name board was removed revealing that of Jamison Christie beneath.