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No 82 High Street

This Grade II listed building, together with Nos 84 and 86, were originally a single residence. The date stone at the top of the gable says 1662 but the building is considered by experts to be somewhat older.

Thomas Pierson Prestwidge - Lapidary, a craftsman in precious and semi-precious stones, establishes his business here this year (See plaque, right) Mr Prestwidge is still trading here in 1874 (W)

1870 (approx)
George Juler - Watch and Clock Maker (K1896) George dies in 1901 having run the business for 30 years (SN) and is buried in Southwold churchyard.

Edgar Ashley Juler - Watch and Clock Maker (SN). Edgar (aged 30 this year) is the youngest of George's seven children. To read a contemporary 'advertorial' about the Juler business in the 'Southwold & Neighbourhood' Visitor Guide, (pub C1903), click here.

Ernest Henry Juler - Watch and Clock Maker.(K1908). Ernest Henry is Edgar's nephew - the only son of his older brother, Ernest Herbert and his wife, Amelia Ladd.

Stanley O Sewell - Jeweller (K1916)
Stanley O Sewell - Jeweller, Watchmaker, optician and specialist in jewellery made out of locally sourced pebbles. (K1924,SWCG1929, also RC Church Magazine, September 1924 - See visitor comment below.)

Stanley O Sewell was 'watchmaker, jeweller and optician'. The advert also says that he specialised in local pebble jewellery.


Miss Ella Burns - Jeweller (K1937, SRB1939)

Miss Ella Burns - Jeweller (SRB1940). The business closes on 12 August 1942. (SRB)

William Baldrey - Jeweller (SRB1946) Did he close temporarily on 1st Oct?


William Baldrey - Jeweller (SRB1954)

A L Haydn-Walker - Consulting Optician (Source)
This must have been a very short-lived business.

Christopher Rowan-Robinson - trading as 'The Solebay Bookshop'
. Mr Rowan-Robinson has moved this business from the premises next door-but-one at No 80a High Street. Working for him is Phyllis Neame, who will later take over the business. (LM)

Phyllis Neame - The Solebay Bookshop (SER1958). During Phyllis Neame's tenure, Penelope Fitzgerald works in the shop. Her experiences here will later form the basis for her novel 'The Bookshop'.

Phyllis Neame - The Solebay Bookshop (SER1958)


Mrs Reid - Solebay Bookshop (SER1970). The property is still owned by Christopher Rowan-Robinson.

Mrs Reid - Solebay Bookshop

Mrs Reid - Solebay Bookshop closes this year (SLHR)

Christine Webb - 'Crooked House' Children's and adult clothes.



Christine Webb - 'Crooked House' Children's and adult clothes. Closes this year. She will go on to open a tea room, 'Tilly's' at No 51 High Street.

Katie Mantin - 'Mantins', Solicitors and Notaries



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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.


Plaque commemorating a former tradesman at this address

A watch label branded G Juler, approx 1890
With thanks to Peter Parke for supplying this image.

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1929 advertisement in Southwold Wesleyan Church Guide
Courtesy of Heather Osmer

James Reid, Solebay Books - mid 80s
James Reid, son of Mrs Reid, in the Solebay Bookshop in the mid 80s.
Reproduced from 'To the Town' by kind permission of Stephen Wolfenden

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1994 advertisement in Southwold Summer Theatre programme