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No 5 Queen Street

Alfred Tom Brown - stationer and bookseller (Source: Gerry Brown. See forum entry below)

The Wistaria Tea Rooms - Teas, Confectionery and toys. (proprietors?) (PPP1924)

c 1933
Miss Avril Blair - Trading as 'The Copper Kettle' Refreshment Rooms<.

Note: Avril Blair is the sister of Eric (better known as the writer, George Orwell). She runs it with her mother Ida and the Blair family home is conveniently situated next door at No 3 Queen Street. Before the end of the 1930s they will move their home to Montague House at No 36 High Street. The Copper Kettle acquires quite a fashionable reputation locally and becomes a very successful, if short-lived, business, aided, it is said, by the fact that it becomes the weekly venue for Ida's bridge club.

Miss W E Young - Trading as 'The Harp' - Music Dealer (SVL1936, K1937)

Miss W E Young - Trading as 'The Harp' - Music Dealer. Miss Young moves at about this date to a small shop on the corner of Manor Park and Wymering Roads and changes the shop name to 'The Sign of the Harp'.

Smith & Partners - (Details, Source)


A Danby & P B Jellicoe - Antiques, High Class Linen etc. (CSP)

Maurice & Rita Lee-Warder
- Footwear (Details, Source)

Lee-Warder Footwear


Lee-Warder Footwear

Lee-Warder Footwear

Lee-Warder Footwear


Lee-Warder Footwear

Furniture and Gifts (Business is very short-lived)

Thomas Traddles

Thomas Traddles Menswear closes in March this year and moves to No 58 High Street.

RNLI Charity Shop


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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.

1929 Advertisement for the Wistaria Tea Rooms in the Southwold Wesleyan Church Guide 1929.
Photo courtesy of Heather Osmer