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No 75 High Street

Alfred Howard - Plumber, painter, glazier. (Source: bill head, right). Alfred (age 47) has moved to this address some time in the last seven years, from no 54 High Street. He is married to Mary Elizabeth and they have a daughter, Catherine Alice, and two sons, Ernest Alfred (20) and William George (15). (C1891, C1901)

Alfred Howard - Plumber and Decorator. Assisted by his sons, Ernest Alfred (22) and William George (17) who are both decorators. (C1901)


Alfred Howard - Plumber and Decorator. Assisted by his sons, Ernest Alfred and William George. (C1911)


William George Howard (K1924) and Ernest Alfred Howard - Trading as 'Alfred Howard'. Decorator, Plumber and Hot Water Engineers.

Ronnie Waters recalls from his youth that the business was conducted by the two brothers.


William George Howard - Trading as 'Alfred Howard' - .Decorator, Plumber and Hot Water Engineers.(K1937, SPM 1938)

William Denny & Son - Builders (SRB1939)

William Denny & Son - Builders (SRB). In 1946, Denny & Son also acquire workshop premises at No 10 Salisbury Road.


William Denny & Son
- Builders (SRB1954). In this year, the business advertises itself as Barber & Denny, 'Building and Monumental Masons' (SPM1954)

I & J Ashford - Undertakers - A branch office of an East Anglian chain (Source: Halesworth Times advertisement 3 May, 1950) The company describes itself as 'Successors to Mr Fred Hill'. Fred Hill ran a carpentry and funeral business from No 5 Mill Lane until his retirement in 1949.

William Denny & Son - Builders (Source: employee - see forum entry below)

I & J Ashford - Undertakers (SPM1969) A branch office of an East Anglian chain


1975 (approx)
William Denny & Son - Builders. Shortly after this date the company moved to the former cinema site in York Road. (Source: employee - see forum entry below)

I & J Ashford - Undertakers

Bryan Sylvester and (Forename?) Nunn - 'Ellingtons' Independent estate agents (LM)


Black Horse Agencies - Estate agency of Lloyds Bank, take over the Ellingtons business

Charles Hawkins & Sons - The two businesses share the premises. (Nature of Charles Hawkins business? Sources?)


Jennie Jones - Branch Manager, 'Black Horse Agencies'
- Estate agency of Lloyds Bank.

Black Horse close the branch this year. It remains closed for a few months, after which the ex manager, Jennie Jones, reopens as an independent agency - 'Jennie Jones Estate Agency'

Adrian Smith - 'Jennie Jones Estate Agency'. Jennie Jones leaves to run a business in France and the
agency is taken over by Adrian Smith, continuing to trade under the 'Jennie Jones' banner.


Adrian Smith - Jennie Jones Estate Agency

Thanks to Adrian Smith for providing dates and details for the past two decades.

Sallie Smith & Clare Hart - trading from No 75a as 'Party Pants', Fancy Dress Shop.


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.

Bill head from A Howard, dated 1898
Reproduced from a collection in Southwold Museum.
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Sheet from an Alfred Howard invoice pad of the 1930s. Image courtesy of Adrian Smith

Advertisement in Halesworth Advertiser 3 May 1950

Courtesy Murray Gellatly