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No 3 Station Road

The freeholds of Nos 3 to 9 Station Road are owned by Southwold Town Council. Like its other property in the town, this is a legacy from the original William Godell bequest. In the early 2000s, the Town Council comprehensively refurbished these properties to provide a mix of residential apartments and shops. The parade was formally named 'Hurren Terrace' to commemorate a former Town Mayor, Jo Hurren.
At the centre of Hurren Terrace is an archway accessing a collection of industrial buildings and sheds, also Town property, which includes Southwold Town Garage.

William Button - Twine spinner. Living here with his wife, Susannah and 4-year-old son Thomas (C1881). It is not known whether this address is also William's workplace. Certainly the rope walk runs immediately behind the premises. William and his family will have moved to No 13 High Street by the time of the next census in 1901. To read more about the Button family and the rope making industry in Southwold, click here.


Note: It is conceivable that No 13 High Street and No 3 Station Road refer to the same property. Between the opening of the railway in 1879 and the early 1900s, the part of the High Street between the Station and Victoria Street was named 'Station Road' . By 1904 Station Road had been shortened to exclude the stretch between Victoria Street and Field Stile Road, which became part of the HighStreet again.



Joseph William Button - Draper. Joseph (32), was born in Hackney in London, but the family hail from Yorkshire. His father, Ebenezer Button, worked for a Bradford cloth firm and later set up his own retail drapery business in Luton. Before moving to Southwold, Joseph has been running a clothes shop in Kessingland, just up the coast.. He has been married to Lowestoft girl, Happy Victoria (nee Jacobs) for ten years. They have five children aged 3 months to 9 years. No 3 Station Road is apparently just a temporary home for the family, pending the completion of a new house and shop in Corporation Road (now Marlborough Road). They will call it 'Bradford House' in honour of Joseph's father.

By 1916 (and probably long before) the Buttons' home and drapery business has moved to the new site. (Sources: Philip Pacey, Joseph William's grandson, C1911 &.K1916)

Note: There is no direct family connection between William Button and Joseph William Button It is simply a surprising coincidence.







Thea Cutting - 'Gallery Thea', hand-designed and decorated ceramics.


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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.