Explore our dynamic panoramas

No 94 High Street

John Goldsmith - Grocer and Druggist. Maggs records that the premises, which Goldsmith rents, are owned by James Jermyn of Reydon, the High Steward of Southwold. Goldsmith's business fails in April this year, and not for the first time... his previous business failed in 1827. He dies in 1842. (M)

Mr White - Grocer, enjoys little better success and goes out of business himself two years later. (M)

Henry Gayfer succeeds Mr White and continues for the next eight years. Maggs doesn't record the nature of his shop but, in 1846, he departs to run a 'general shop' at Higham on the Norfolk Broads and later emigrates to America. (M)

Thomas R Strange - Baker, takes over the rental. The building has meanwhile changed ownership, from James Jermyn to Miss Lydia Wales. The business lasts just over a year. (M)

Mr W Cook - Baker and Confectioner (M)

James Court - Photographer, Watch and Clock Maker (W) NB Whites does not give a street number. Requires confirmation.

J Martyn - Photographer. (Source: photo, right)

Frederick Jenkins - Photographer.(SN) . Frederick runs a thriving photography, photographic processing, framing and general souvenir business incorporating No 92 as well as 94 and 96. He is to become an historically significant figure for Southwold, being responsible for many of the images which have become an important source of insight into what life in Southwold was like in the early 20th century.

Frederick's granddaughter, Ann Thornton, recalls that the upstairs of No 94 was the family living quarters. Frederick married Maud on January 1 1901 and they have five children: Alicia Maud (known as Peggie), Thomas Blyford, Marjorie Beryl, Arnold Barrett and Frederick Howard.

To read a contemporary 'advertorial' about the Jenkins business, which appeared in 1902 in the visitors' guide, 'Southwold & Neighbourhood', click here.

Frederick Jenkins - Photographer (K1908)

Frederick Jenkins - Photographer
Frederick Jenkins
- Photographer (K1924)

Frederick Jenkins - Photographer (K1937, SRB1939). This year, the photographic business contracts as Frederick's son, Barrett, takes over one of the family's three premises (No 96)

Frederick Jenkins - Photographer. The business downsizes further as the studio at No 92 is taken over by another photographer, Norman Parker.


Frederick Jenkins - Photographer (SRB1954). Frederick dies this year. In fact the business has for some years been managed by his daughters, Alicia Maud and Marjorie.

Miss Alicia Maud Jenkins (known as Peggie) and Marjorie Beryl Jenkins - Stationers (SRB1969). Frederick's two daughters now own the business at 94 - 96 and run it as an up-market stationery store. It retains the 'F Jenkins' name. (LM)


Heather & Maurice Cooper - take over Nos 94 and 96 this year. The shop retains the 'F Jenkins' Name and specialises in stationery, high quality china and souvenir giftware. (LM)


Heather Cooper - 'F Jenkins' . The business is sold this year on the retirement of Mrs Cooper.

L & S Rexon - Gifts, cards, stationery, books, artist's materials. Also occupy No 96 next door. (SST1987, 1989)


Colin and Jan Peck,
trading as 'Great Expectations' - High-class stationery commences trading this year, also occupying No 96 next door.(SSC1990).

Jane Strachan and Brenda Ladd- trading as 'Special Occasions' - Flowers and gifts. The shop is owned by John Huggins of No 5 East Street.


Jane Strachan and Brenda Ladd - 'Special Occasions' - Flowers and gifts.
Closes in July this year.

Now a fashion boutique - initially with a Noa Noa franchise then trading under the Elly Botilda brand.and now as Jack Wills.


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
Our forum facility has been withdrawn by the provider. Sorry for the inconvenience. We are looking for an alternative.

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.


J Martyn, Photographer, occupied 94 & 96 but not 92, at around the turn of the century. When Frederick Jenkins took over the premises a year or two later, he also occupied No 92

Reproduced from a Frederick Jenkins glass negative in the Southwold Museum collection..

Click the image to enlarge

Frederick Jenkins' shop in the early 1900s occupied 92, 94 and 96
Click the picture to enlarge

Advertisement for the F Jenkins business in Southwold Visitors' List 1907
Click this image to see a larger version

1922 advertisement in Southwold Corporation Tourist Guide

1930 advertisement in Southwold Magazine.
Image courtesy of Heather Osmer
Click advert to enlarge

Kodak Photo sleeve used by F Jenkins in 1934

Image courtesy of Alan Judge
Click the image to see more

1987 advertisement in the Southwold Summer Theatre programme

1990 advertisement in the Southwold Summer Theatre programme

'Special Occasions' in 1996

Photo couresy of David Weight