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No 53a High Street

Manor Farm Dairy (No 53a High Street) is a separate dairy and farmhouse building behind No 53 High Street with access from the street via Manor Farm Close which is still named as such. It is believed that this was a very long-established dairy. The dairy herd grazed that part of the Common known as The Paddock and, at milking time, were driven along a pathway to the cowsheds at the rear of the dairy. (LM)

Bolderstone & Clow - Manor Farm Dairy (See advertisement, right)

George H Goffin - Manor Farm Dairy.

Note: George Henry Goffin was born in 1893, the 7th child of Francis Charles Goffin (The Pork Butcher of No 21 High Street) and Ellen Sophia (Naunton). (See Baggott's Mill). George married Elsie Annie Hawes in 1913. In 1936, their daughter, Barbara, marries Ernest Chapman, known as 'Shrimp'. (See wedding photo, right.)They have two sons, Barry and Nigel. All become involved in the dairy. George and his son-in-law, Shrimp, both have milk rounds, Barry often accompanying George and their horse, Charlie, and Nigel making deliveries with his father and their horse, Tony (Pictured right).

We are grateful to Judy Simmons (nee Hurst) for sharing her memories, Liz Morgan for details of the Goffin family, Nigel Chapman for permitting us to reproduce the picture of his father and his horse and John Goffin for the photograph of 'Shrimp' and Barbara's wedding.

George H Goffin - Manor Farm Dairy


George H Goffin - Manor Farm Dairy

Barry Chapman - takes on the running of the dairy from his Grandfather, George Goffin.. Barry is also recorded in the 1950s as trading from the dairy at No 3 Market Place.


Barry Chapman - Manor Farm Dairy - George Goffin dies at the age of 81 in 1974.

Barry Chapman - Manor Farm Dairy





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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.

The Manor Farm milk delivery cart. Date of photo unknown but possibly before WW1.
Can any reader help with dates and the identity of the people?
Picture kindly supplied by Peggy Cannell.
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Advertisement in Southwold Golf Club Handbook 1921

Marriage in 1913 of George Henry Goffin to Elsie Annie Hawes. More about the Goffin family at No 21 High Street.
Photo courtesy of John Goffin.

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'Shrimp' Chapman marries Barbara Goffin. daughter of dairy owner, George Henry Goffin (probably seen to the left of the groom) and his wife Elsie (nee Hawes). Date is 1936.
Photo courtesy of John Goffin.

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Ernest (Shrimp) Chapman , aged about 26, with his dray horse, Tony, still making deliveries from the churn in the 1950s.

Reproduced by kind permission of Ernest's son, Nigel Chapman.

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