shop and No 21 next door, together with the town gaol
and the shambles (slaughter house) behind, were demolished
and rebuilt in 1819 by the Southwold Corporation which
owned them. The project involved heavy borrowing and
was not universally popular in the town.
James Oldring - Butcher. Maggs records
that, in 1837, James pays the town an annual rent
of £5 plus a further charge of £6 for
the right to kill and take rabbits on the Common.
In 1842 James marries 25 year-old Lydia Martin,
the daughter of James Martin, landlord
of the Red Lion at
No 2 South Green. They have a son whom they name
James Martin Oldring. Sadly, 5 years
later, aged just 34, James Martin dies. His 30 year-old widow, Lydia,
takes over the shop. (M)
Note: Between 1855 and 1856 the butcher's shop acquires a temporary licence to sell alcohol. The 'Pilot Boat' inn round the corner in East Street is being demolished and rebuilt as 'The Victoria'. It's landlord, James Woodard, is married to Lydia Martin's older sister, Martha, so this is no doubt a family favour.
Lydia Oldring - Butcher (W)
James Martin Oldring
W Wallace Warren - Butcher and Game
Dealer (SPM 1895,K1896) The
notice outside the shop says James Warren