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No 98 High Street

Nos 98 and 100 constitute one Grade II Listed architectural entity which was built in about 1835. James Maggs records that a public house, 'The Two Brewers', previously stood on this site and its landlord from 1814 was James Martin who moved to the Red Lion on South Green in 1820.

James was succeeded at the 'Two Brewers' by Robert Barber and, ten years later, in 1830, by John Crowford. Crowford moved to take over the King's Head in 1834 and the pub was promptly demolished by one James Robinson. It is not clear whether JR was already the freeholder or purchased it at the time. Either way, he proceeded to build himself the present building on the site. He died in 1836 and, three years later his widow had a plan to turn the house back into a pub and applied for an Excise Licence. There was a public outcry; 180 householders presented magistrates with a petition of opposition and the application was turned down.

James Robinson whose home was the building which is now Lloyds Bank, (No 17 Market Place) was one of Southwold's leading public figures with a reputation for ostentatious altruism and hosting lavish public fetes. However, he was by no means universally liked and there was a bitter political feud between him and Robert May of No 65 High Street (The Manor House).

By the 1871 Census this was the home of the owner of the Sole Bay Brewery, Samuel Haiden Fitch, his wife, Mary and daughters, Fanny and Margaret.(C1871).

By the end of 1872, however the lease on the property had been transferred to brothers George and Ernest Adnams of Witham who had just taken over the Sole Bay Brewery from Samuel Fitch who had been attempting to divest himself of it for more than a decade.. The Fitches moved to No 2 Queen Street where Samuel, then in his 60s, ran a wine and spirit business. (C1881)

We are grateful to forum contributor 'robtlb' for sharing his research. See comment below.

Note: Until the late 1970s / early 80s, the ground floor of No 98 was divided into two retail units - 98a and 98b - one a tailor's, the other an auctioneer and estate agent.

Denny & Son - Under Fredrick Denny, the tailoring firm across the road at No 11 and 13 Market Place has now opened a slightly more 'downmarket', ready-to-wear branch in one half of No 98. (K1908 and 1907 advertisement, right.)

Herbert Adair Adnams - Auctioneer (K1908) occupy the other half of No 98.


Denny & Son - tailors

Herbert Adair Adnams - Auctioneer


Denny & Son - tailors

Herbert Adair Adnams - Auctioneer


Denny & Son - tailors

Herbert Adair Adnams - Auctioneer (K1937, SRB1939)

Denny & Son - tailors

H A Adnams - Auctioneer and Estate Agents (Closed on 31 December for the duration of the War) (SRB)


Denny & Son - tailors

H A Adnams - Auctioneer and Estate Agents (SRB1954)

Nibby Noller - Tailor (Dates required). Nibby's wife, Isobel, runs 'Isobel Hairdressing' at No 39 High Street.

H A Adnams - Auctioneer and Estate Agents


Nibby Noller - Tailor. In late 70s or early 80s, H A Adnams takes over both halves of the premises.

H A Adnams - Auctioneer and Estate Agents

H A Adnams - Auctioneer and Estate Agents

H A Adnams - Auctioneer and Estate Agents


Durrants - Estate Agents, Letting Agents and Auctioneers. Durrants acquires H A Adnams towards the end of this year and the sale is ratified in January 2007.


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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.

The whole building with No 100 in the foreground on the corner with Church Street.

Advertisement in Southwold Visitors' List 1907

1929 advertisement for H A Adnams in Southwold Wesleyan Church Guide.
Courtesy of Heather Osmer