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The Craighurst Private Hotel



Philip Hope - Headmaster of a private school preparing students for the Imperial Civil Service entrance examination. Philip Hope has previously taught at Dulwich College. (Dates of school foundation and closure required)

Note: Eric Blair, aka George Orwell, is said to have attended this establishment for a few months in 1922 preparatory to his joining the Imperial Indian Police in Burma in October that year. The Blair family were currently living round the corner at No 40 Stradbroke Road, later moving to No 3 Queen Street and finally to Montague House (No 36 High Street).


Mrs D Dudley - Proprietress, Craighurst Hotel.

At just after 9.30pm on Sunday May 11th 1941 two Messerschmitt 109s flew low and fast over the town firing machine gun rounds and cannon shells. The air-raid warning came too late and many of the buildings on North Parade were strafed, with the Craighurst suffering considerable damage. A male staff member received a bullet in his thigh and was hospitalised. (Source: Tom King's War Diaries.)


Mrs D Dudley - Proprietress, Craighurst Hotel (CSP1953)

Mrs Dorothy Laight and Sons. Mrs Laight is the daughter of Mrs Dudley. She is assisted by her two sons, Brian and Alan.

Dorothy Laight - Son Brian dies in a road accident at Blythburgh in c1967. (Source: Judith Simmons who worked as a part-time pastry cook there in the late 1960s)


M J Emerson

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Mr & Mrs Emerson - Craighurst Restaurant



Restaurant closes and the building is redeveloped into apartments.


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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.

Coronation celebrations, May 1937 - before the addition of the first-floor verandah.
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Exterior 1950s

Lounge 1950s

Mrs Dorothy Laight photographed outside the Craighurst in the late 1960s looking north-west up Marlborough Road. Dunwich Road is on the left
Photo courtesy of Judith Simmons.

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