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The impressive Southwold Post Office building has no street number but sits between No 43 and 45. It was apparently erected in two stages during the reigns of Victoria and George V as evidenced from the carved dates: 'VR 1895' on the right and 'GR 1911' on the left. Did this grand new office replace the more modest one run at No 80 High Street by Eaton Womack Moore?

1896
Mrs Elizabeth Ada Haines - Post Office Stamp Distributor (K1896)


1908
Robert Dade Forrest - Postmaster and Stamp Distributor (K1908)

 
1916
Robert Dade Forrest - Postmaster and Stamp Distributor (K1916)
 
1924
Earnest George Mitchell - Postmaster and Stamp Distributor (K1924)
 

1933
Earnest George Mitchell - Postmaster and Stamp Distributor (K1933)

There is no entry in the 1937 Kelly's Directory for a post office in the High Street
but there is one recorded at 17 Stradbroke Road between 1908 and 1937.

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1955
In the small hours of Friday 4th March a fire breaks out, the building has to close and, on 11th March, the Post Office reopens in a temporary home across the road at No 40a High Street.
(Lowestoft Jnl 11 March 1955)

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Date
Guy Mitchell - Postmaster and toy shop owner. The business is now called SPOTS (Southwold Post Office and Toy Shp). Guy Mitchell also owns the gift shop at No 36 East Street

   

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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SOURCES:
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.