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No 1 St James Green

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.

This miniature and simply built corner shop was designed for Fred Barber and his wife by teenager, F R Rowe, as a student project. He went on to pursue a career as a draughtsman. F R Rowe's daughter, Heather Osmer, kindly provided the photograph of the Barbers outside their new shop.


F C Barber (Fred) - Tobacconist, Confectioner, Fruit and Vegetable vendor.(K1933, K1937, SRB1939). Fred Barber also ran the beachside cafe/kiosk below Centrecliff. See advertisement right.

F C Barber (Fred) - Tobacconist, Confectioner, Fruit and Vegetable vendor.


F C Barber (Fred) - Tobacconist, Confectioner, Fruit and Vegetable vendor.(SRB1952)



1974 approx
Walter Rockall and Dick Shaw - Tobacconist and Confectioner. Walter Rockall has recently retired from running his tobacconist and confectionary business at No 5 Trinity Street and Dick Shaw has been the proprietor of the Pier Avenue Hotel in Station Road. (Source: Katie Sullivan, granddaughter)

Marie T Waters - Tobacconist, Confectioner, Fruit and Vegetables. (LM)

Marie T Waters - Tobacconist, Confectioner, Fruit and Vegetables. (LM)


and Pam Blades - Confectioner, Fruit and Vegetables (LM)

Robert & Catherine Adey - Confectionery, Sweets, groceries, Ready Meals (LM)

Name? Confectionery, groceries, fruit and vegetables.


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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


Fred Barber and his wife posing outside their new shop in the early 1930s.
Photo courtesey of Heather Osmer
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1936 advertisement in Southwold Visitors List. The address was then considered to be in East Green. The Barbers also ran the refreshment kiosk on the promenade below Centrecliff. See below.

Two ads above courtesy of Margaret Turnbull.

Marie Waters  outside No 1 St James Green

Marie Waters at No 1 St James Green.
Reproduced from 'To the Town' by kind permission of Stephen Wolfenden
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