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No 79 High Street

John Chapman - Newsagent and Tobacconist. 'Assistant Overseer' (K1896)

John Chapman - Newsgagent and Tobacconist (K1908). There was a branch of this business also at No 12a Stradbroke Road.

John Chapman - Newsgagent and Tobacconist (K1916)
Arthur J Rush - Trading as ' J Chapman'. Newsagent and Tobacconist. Estate Agent. (SCTG1922, K1924) Arthur is the Son in Law of John Chapman - married to his daughter, Lena (LM)

Arthur J Rush - Trading as 'J Chapman'. Newsagent and Tobacconist.



Lena Rush -Trading as 'J Chapman'. Newsagent and Tobacconist.

John Chapman (Son of Harry Chapman of No 19 Market Place)






Pete & Clare Hart - Trading as Chapmans. Newsagent


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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.

Chapmans in 1906

A view of the High Street looking north in 1906. Chapmans is on the extreme left.
Reproduced from a postcard in the Robert Palmer collection by kind permission of Margaret Palmer.
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Chapman's in 1914 with Southwold residents waiting for the latest war news. (Southwold Museum P1507)
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Advertisement in the Southwold Visitors' List 1907

Advertisement in the Southwold Railway Timetable 1915

1922 Advertisement in the Southwold Corporation Tourist Guide. A J Rush is the proprietor but continues trading as J Chapman.

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

Pen nib envelope overprinted with J Chapman's name. Date not certain but probably 1930s deduced from the fact that Chapmans were not advertising a telephone number in 1929.

Image courtesy of Murray Gallatly

Mr Chapman of Chapman's photographed in the mid 80s.
Reproduced from 'To the Town' by kind permission of Stephen Wolfenden

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