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No 78 High Street - Granville House

Francis Wilby Carter - Paperhanger (K1896) Francis works for his father, Benjamin Howard Carter the builder (Nos 14-18 Victoria Street).
Francis is married to Barbara (nee Lay) whose family run a Grocery business at No 33 High Street. They have two sons: Wilby George (b 1884)and Reginald (b 1886) who, as 'Reg Carter' is to become a well known artist and cartoonist. (Source: 'Reg Carter Remembered' by Hilary Huckstep, pub Southwold Museum 2004)

Francis Wilby Carter - Paperhanger and decorator.


Francis Wilby Carter - Paperhanger and decorator, dies this year. His wife, Barbara will continue to live here until her own death in 1933.

Reginald Carter has already begun to make a name for himself as a comic picture postcard artist, his first commission being at the age of 17. He has a studio built at the bottom of the garden and starts publishing his best-known postcard series: The Southwold Railway Cartoons. During the First War, he produces many more cards gently lampooning army life. He becomes a gunner RFA. (Source: as above)

Reginald Carter - leaves Southwold in the early part of the decade. Granville House reverts to a private residence for his mother, Barbara Carter.

Private residence

HM Forces (SRB1940). Shirley Pennington whose father was in the Army in Heavy Artillery, remembers her family being quartered here during part of the War.


Private Residence

Private Residence


Private Residence

Private Residence

Private Residence


Private Residence


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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.


Wrapper design for the first series of Southwold Railway postcards by eg Carter

Reg Carter's studio was a lean-to, sharing its back wall with the flank of a neighbouring house in Bank Alley. The photograph was taken in 2004, just before the structure was sold to the owners of the Bank Alley house and converted into a kitchen extension. (Photo courtesy of Hilary Huckstep.)