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No 1 Park Lane

The Southwold School of Industrial Art opens in this purpose-designed building paid for by local philanthropist, Arthur Flowers. His idea is to help local fishermen learn a craft to help them provide for their families in the winter. Two years earlier he set up a wood-carving class run by a medal-winning craftsman, George Voisey in Trinity Street. The classes proved so popular that Arthur Flowers was inspired to provide a dedicated building. Students provide their own tools and wood, and learn to make furniture, ornaments and picture frames. Soon pupils are winning prizes and some even win awards at the Annual Exhibition of the Home Arts and Industries Association in the Royal Albert Hall. Princess Louise buys one of the pieces. (SMHS)

1908, 1916
A E Lane - Manager, Southwold School of Industrial Art. (K1908, 1916).

At around this time, certainly pre-1913, the freehold of this and possibly adjacent properties, is acquired by John Aldrich Strowger although the school is still in operation until 1916. J A Strowger dies in 1913 and in his will, bequeaths "freehold properties known as Carving Class, Park Lane, Southwold". (Source: Carol Stone, nee Powditch)

The school finally closes as most students leave for the Great War. (SMHS)


M D Green - 'The Studio Tea Rooms' (Source)

M D Green - 'The Studio Tea Rooms'

'The Studio Tea Rooms' (SRB 1942)
Who was managing the tea rooms?




1970 (approx)
Converted into private residence







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
or comment right here in our Forum. See below. ***

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.

The School (on the right of the photograph) shortly after its opening in 1894. (Photo: Southwold Museum)
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The 'Arts & Crafts' detailing has been preserved.