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10 Salisbury Road

This was a detached house with extensive workshops/ cart sheds to the side and rear. Immediately to the left, in the 1930s was a large wooden building which was used as J L Wickins' shop (see below).

William J Blowers - Jobmaster (K1908) [ A 'jobmaster' is someone who rents out coaches and horses by the day or week] William is the nephew of the blacksmith (also called William Blowers) of No 42 High Street. As well as running his own jobmaster business, he works as a butcher for Fryett's at No 71 High Street. He is married to Edith Caroline (nee Wickins). They have a son, Victor Thomas, and three daughters.


William J Blowers - Jobmaster (K1916) and butcher (C1911)

Cyril Joseph Steley. whose father, William Steley, owned Steley's Grocery at No 17 Stradbroke Road, recorded this memory in an unpublished memoir written in his 80s:

" At the entrance to Stradbroke road and opposite the Sole Bay Inn, a notice hung on a cottage wall in the form of an advertisement bearing these words:-

Turn to the left when you leave here
Salisbury Road will then appear.
Call at Number Ten and say:
"Can I have a trap today?"
Landaus and traps may all be hired
And all of them are rubber-tyred.

Mr Blowers, who had a butcher's shop in the High Street, also owned carriages and horses in Salisbury Road. His sign and advertisement remained as a memorial to him long after his demise."


William J Blowers - We are not sure whether William is still running his jobmaster business here, or even whether he and Edith still live here, but he now runs the butcher's shop at No 23 Market Place where he trades under his own name. His and Edith's Son, Victor Thomas is now a ladies' and gents' tailor and has been allocated working space in the same building.

Meanwhile at No 10 Salisbury Road. Edith's older brother, John L Wickins, has opened a tobacconist and sweet shop as a separate entity in a large wooden hut to the left of the main house.


Frederick Watling - Builder. (K1933, 1937)

Gladys Davis - 'J L Wickins', tobacconist and sweet shop (K1933,1937) Mrs Davis is employed as shopkeeper.

W Chapman - Dairyman (K1937)

Note: The three businesses listed above seem to occupy parts of the Salisbury Road site. William and Edith Blowers continue to live there. However, in April 1937, William hangs himself in one of the sheds having suffered from depression for some years and what the coroner describes as 'imaginary money worries'. (Halesworth Times. April 21 1937)

Denny & Son - Builders. (SRB 1946) Denny & Son have offices at No 75 High Street. They occupy part of No 10 Salisbury Road from 1st April this year as a workshop.








Catherine Fuller - 'Outrageous Fortune' - Custom-designed lingerie, corsetry and evening wear including post-matectomy lingerie and nightwear.


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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.

William J Blowers.
Photo courtesy of Alan John Blowers

Advertisement in Southwold Wesleyan Church Guide, 1929.
Reroduced courtesy of Helen Osmer