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No 10 Market Place


As a Griffin & Co advertisement quaintly points out in 1930, this shop "has stood on the same spot since 1669" . The facade is thought to be a Georgian addition while the shop front is Victorian. It is a Grade II Listed building.

S W Reynolds - Grocer & Draper, Outfitter & Provision Merchant (K1896)

S W Reynolds - Grocer & Draper, Outfitter & Provision Merchant (K1908)

Henry Moss (Southwold) Ltd - General Furnishing (K1916). Henry Moss already runs the furnishing business across the road at 1 - 3 East Street and this is an opportunity for him to expand.

Griffin & Co - Drapers (K1924). Griffin & Co have now taken over the Moss business both here and at Nos 1 - 3 East Street (selling drapery, carpets and rugs.


Griffin & Co - Drapers (K1937)

Griffin & Co - Drapers (SRB).The Southwold Rates Book shows that Griffin & Co, like many Southwold businesses, cease trading at the outset of war. The premises remain closed for the next several years.

Crowson & Sons reopen both East Street and Market Place shops, continuing the tradition of drapery and furnishings (SPM)


Crowson & Sons - During the mid 1950s. Crowson's divest themselves of both No 25 Market Place and No 1 - 3 East Street

Crowson & Sons - ' The Complete House Furnisher'. See advertisement right.


Crowson & Sons - Now occupies this address only, having apparently moved out of No 25 Marketplace and Nos 1-3 East Street some time previously. (when was this?)

Crowson's are acquired by Chadds of Lowestoft during the early 1970s and, in 1974, the shop is closed and the Crowson business merged with Chadd's main Southwold furnishing store, Wards, at No 31 High Street

Mrs Goldspink - Ladies' Outfitter (date, source)

During this period the shop is divided into two units.


Michael and Joyce Hyslop purchase the freehold of No 10, having disposed of the freehold of No 71 High Street. They establish their travel agency, Sole Bay Travel, in the right hand side of the shop, having previously run this business from No 59 High Street,.

The left hand part of the shop is let by the Hyslops to Craftco, a co-operative of artists, printmakers and craftspeople.


Craftco moves out and relocates to No 42 High Street.

Paul Ogden, trading as 'Bookthrift, a low-cost bookshop. Paul Ogden has purchased the freehold of No 10 from the Hyslops, The latter continue to run Sole Bay Travel in the right hand side of the premises which they now rent from Paul Ogden.

Sole Bay Travel is sold by the Hyslops to Norwich Airport Travel who continue to run the business from this address.

Michael Hyslop dies in 1999.


'Sole Bay Travel' closes this year with the demise of its owner, Norwich Airport Travel.

Paul Ogden 'Bookthrift' now expands his shop to occupy the whole premises.

Premises taken over by W H Smith.


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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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.

No 10 Market Place today

Advertisement in a 1905 Southwold Tourist Guide.

With thanks to Prof J Hadgraft

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1907 advert for S W Reynolds in 'Southwold Visitors' List'. Click the image to enlarge.

October 1926 advertisement in the Southwold Recorder.
Image courtesy of Ian Doig

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Griffin & Co advertisement from Southwold Magazine 1930

1946 ad for Crowson & Sons

Crowson & Sons ran this advertisement in the Souvenir Programme of the Southwold Victory Celebrations in 1946. This was the year the shop reopened after the War and their stock reflects the austerity prevailing at this time.
With thanks to David Wright for this image

1960s ad for Crowson & Sons

By the 1960s, the company is serving a more affluent market. Reproduced from the Southwold Golf Club Handbook courtesy of Heather Osmer.

Sole Bay Travel logo, from a 1987 advertisement in the Southwold Summer Theatre programme.

To see the complete advertisement, click the image.