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No 26 North Parade (Strathmore)

The house was built in approximately 1891 by James Crimmen, a wine and spirit dealer who lived in The Manor House, No 65 High Street. He sold it three years later. Margaret Stacey has undertaken extensive research on this building and its inhabitants and owners. Please click here to read it.

The house, now owned by Edmunda Venn, is rented to Richard Paddison and his large household while he planned the opening of an exclusive boys' school at No 1 South Green. (C1901, M Stacey)



Children's Special Service Mission (CSSM)The house is purchased by CSSM - a predecessor of the Scripture Union - as a base for their Southwold Beach Mission activities. (M Stacey)


Mary Ann Waldorf - purchases the house from CSSM for £1200. Mrs Waldorf, whose second husband is Max Waldorf, is also the proprietor of the Marlborough Hotel, Centre Cliff Lodge and a hairdressing business at No 39 High Street. This same year, she and her daughter, Muriel, become victims of a notorious fraud case which becomes known as 'The Wenhaston Millions' To read an account of it, Click here.


Mary Ann Waldorf
dies this year, leaving the house to another of her daughters, Alice Ellen Marsland who decides to open it as a private day school. The school appears to be leased to ...

Miss M A Moss, LLA Hons, Teach Dipl. - Proprietor, headmistress, 'Roses Way' School. The prospectus describes the school as a 'Day School for Girls'.


Miss M A Moss
- Proprietor, headmistress, 'Roses Way' School. By 1953 the school has modified its admission policy, describing itself as an 'Independent school for girls and small boys'.

Miss M A Moss - moves her school from this address to No 17 Cumberland Road. (Requires verification) The house, still owned by Alice Marsland, is leased to...

George & Lilian Parry who run it as a private hotel. The Parrys already own the Centre Cliff Hotel.

George & Lilian Parry purchase the freehold and convert Strathmore into residential units.









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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.

Front page of the school prospectus, probably from the late 1940s.
Kindly supplied by Hilary Huckstep.
Click the image to read the full brochure.

Roses Way staff in 1953. Headmistress, Miss Moss, is in the centre. Mirs Routledge on the left and Mrs Waller on the right.
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Diane Wyatt was a pupil at Roses Way from 1949 to 1955 when she left aged 11. "Our school uniform was maroon with a pink rose badge on the blazer and beret. In the summer we wore straw hats with our summer dresses. We used to purchase our uniform from Grimwades in Ipswich. The pupils were divided into two houses, namely, Nelson (blue) and Wellington (green).....I was in Nelson house!"
Photos kindly supplied by Diane Miller (nee Wyatt)

Peter Parke, seen here in his school uniform, was a pupil in the mid-50s. Below, his cap with Roses Way badge. He writes "I seem to remember spending a fair bit of time on the beach or prom. when the weather was good, so I don't think we were worked too hard, and were kept well-aired."

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With thanks to Peter Parke for the two photos above.