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No 2 Queen Street

Samuel H Fitch - Wine and Spirit merchant (Source:Customer invoice, see illustration)

Horden - Mineral water manufacturer, wine and spirit merchant (dates, sources, details)



William H Tooke - Antique Dealer. The Tooke family occupy both this and the adjacent property, No 4 Queen Street, at this time.

William H Tooke - Antique Dealer ( PPP 1924, 1926)

Eric Tooke - Furniture Removers. Charabanc operator. Eric Tooke houses his vehicles in St Edmund's Road.

H Tooke - Appears to offer a type of servants' employment agency ('Registry Office') here. See advertisement. (Southwold Magazine1926)

Eric Tooke buys The Old Vicarage at No 81 High Street which he converts into shops including his own antique shop and Coach booking office. At about this time he vacates No 2 Queen Street but retains the premises next door at No 4.


Lowestoft Co-operative Society Ltd (Southwold Magazine 1930)

Co-operative Society


Co-operative Society

Co-operative Society


Co-operative Society

Co-operative Society

Co-operative Society


Co-operative Society - Closes in 2010

Tesco Express - Opens October 2011


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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.

1885 Invoice: Samuel H Fitch to J E Grubbe.
The latter was Southwold's longest-serving Mayor who lived at South Green House (now divided into three: Greyfriars North and South and Regency House). Mr Grubbe clearly had an unimpeachable credit rating; Mr Fitch had to wait 14 months for payment for the bottle of cherry brandy!

Image courtesy of Robert Temple

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In the 1920s, H Tooke used part of the premises to manage an emplyment agency for servants.
Advertisement in the Southwold Magazine for 1926.

Courtesy of David Daniel

1930 advert in Southwold Magazine.
Image courtesy of Heather Osmer.
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