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Tennis Courts & 'Pit Stop Cafe'





Small Bore Rifle Club range - The Southwold Rifle Club used the site between the Wars. (Source Peter Parke)


Frederick Wells - Tennis Court Attendant.
The Town Council has recently established these courts and employs Freddie Wells eight hours a day to maintain them and administer their hiring. In addition, he runs a refreshment kiosk/ cafe on his own account.

For more about Freddie Wells see 75 Victoria Street. (Source: Sue Doy, Freddie Wells' daughter)


Frederick Wells - Tennis Court Attendant.

Frederick Wells - Tennis Court Attendant.




Anne Clarke - Pit Stop Cafe and Tennis Courts


Anne Clarke - Pit Stop Cafe and Tennis Courts


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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.

part of a1920s OS map showing the site of the rifle range. Click the image to see a wider area at a larger scale.
Photo courtesy of P Parke

Frederick Baggott, soon to take over the Trinity Street butcher's shop from his father, Alfred., pictured at the Rifle Club range probably in 1930s.

Photo courtesy of P Parke, Frederick's grandson

Click the image to see more photos of club members

Above The tennis courts and cafe today

The 'pit' in the early 1900s with the Golf Course club house beyond.

Photo by Frederick Jenkins reproduced from a 1905 tourist guide kindly provided by Prof J Hadgraft.

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The tennis courts and cafe, probably in the early 1950s

Frederick Wells outside his refreshment hut in the 1950s

Fred Wells and his son David at work in the hut.

Photos of her father courtesy of Sue Doy

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