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Nos 9-11 Victoria Street

Late 1600s - 1930s
Residential - Two semi-detached Dutch-style cottages built in the second half of the 17th century and arranged ‘end-on’ to the road, facing the passageway which originally formed a cut-through to the High Street. Photographs taken in the late 19th century show families living here in some poverty.



By the early 1930s the building has been condemned as unsafe and unfit for habitation. The ownership of the cottages and of the lane itself is with the Goddard family who have a cycle shop and motor garage at the High Street end of the passageway.

In 1932, Mrs Goddard offers the two historic cottages as a gift to the town on condition that they are developed as a local museum.

Southwold Museum
A group of local enthusiasts, historians and town dignitaries come together specifically to create a museum for Southwold. They found the Southwold Archaeological and Natural History Society with the object of realising that goal. The Society's first task is to set up a trust to raise funds for renovation and then to see that through to completion.

To make it possible to use it as a museum it needs to be substantially rebuilt. This entails, among other things, gutting the interior, removing the first-floor structures, putting in a concrete ground floor and underpinning the front wall.

Most of the original roof timbers are retained and five oak tie beams fixed across the interior to strengthen the whole structure. The end result is a single-storey, light, airy room.

The museum is opened by the Mayor, Mr E Pipeon 8th June 1933 under the curatorship of Dr D W Collings, FZS.

Southwold Museum

An extension is added and dedicated to the memory of Dr. Collings.

A further small extension is built to house the Southwold Railway exhibits.

In 1967, the Society purchases a two-storey carpenter's workshop, which was built in the 1950s at the bottom of the back yard. This is needed to provide storage and and to house the museum's archive and office.


Southwold Museum

Southwold Museum

Southwold Museum

The museum reopens after a year's closure during which a major rebuilding and redesign programme has taken place. This was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with generous support from the Southwold Trust and the Adnams Charity.

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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.

Top: The two cottages in the late 19th century. (P1306) Below: The Dutch gable is shored up before restoration. Across the passageway is part of the Goddard's Garage workshop. Photos courtesy of Southwold Museum & Historical Society.