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No 2 Market Place


Robert Carr, this year establishes his Grocery and Draper's shop in this 17th Century building with its attractive Dutch gable. (M)

Solomon Grout takes over the shop and is later followed by C Prentice (M)

William Abbott, Grocer, Draper and Tallow Chandler, comes with his wife to live in Southwold this year and succeeds C Prentice . He dies in 1852. (M)

Frederick Wade Denny, Grocer, Draper and Wine Agent, takes over the premises (W)

Thomas Shuckford Denny, Grocer, Draper, Wine Retailer and General Store ( C1891, K1896). Thomas is married to Ellen and they live with their 8 children and two servants over the shop.Teenage son, Thomas (Jnr) works as a grocery assistant and daughter, Deborah as a drapery assistant.


Thomas Shuckford Denny
, Grocer, Draper, Wine Retailer and General Store C 1901)


Thomas Shuckford Denny
, Grocer, Draper, Wine Retailer and General Store. (C 1911) Thomas and Ellen are now in their mid 60s. Only two of their children are now living with them: Martha is the company book keeper and Victoria is Assistant Housekeeper. There is now only one live-in servant.


Thomas Shuckford Denny dies this year aged 74. The store appears to continue to trade under the 'Thos S Denny' banner although his son and successor, William S Denny also uses his own name in advertising, as indeed he has since 1907. See advertisements, right. (clarification required).



Sydney S Denny, the son of William S Denny, is now the owner. On 3rd April 1930 the store is destroyed by fire.

The store has been rebuilt and is now trading as Denny & Jones, Grocer and Confectioner, Wines, Beers & Cyders. (K 1933). Sydney has married Miss C M Jones who runs a high-class confectionery business at No 54 High Street. Sydney is determined to create a very special store comparable to a West End emporium. His shop front, his Ford delivery vehicle and its driver sport the fashionable new Denny & Jones ivery. There is now a restaurant on the first floor.

Denny & Jones (SRB) This year Sydney incorporates the Jones business into his own store as a 'shop-within-a-shop'.

Sydney Is also reputed to have an interest in Southwold Pier. More informaton sought on this.

Denny & Jones (SRB)


Denny & Jones (SRB)

Internationaal Tea Stores (dates)

Gateway Supermarket (Dates)


Gateway Supermarket

Gateway Supermarket

Somerfield Supermarket (SLHR)


Somerfield Supermarket

The Co-operative Society Supermarket


Do you have any memories or records about this address? Can you correct any of our information or fill in any of our blanks? If so, please email Barry Tolfree
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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.

No2 Market Place was rebuilt in the 1930s after being burned down. It now houses the Co-op.

The Denny Store in 1890
Southwold Museum P1038

A sketch of the Denny store - perhaps for use in advertising - probably around 1900.
From a slide in the Southwold Museum collection.

T.S Denny photographed in the 1890s
(Southwold Museum P1034
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Advertisement in a Southwold Tourist Guide 1905.
With thanks to Prof J Hadgraft

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Advertisement in a Guide to Southwold, approx 1905
With thanks to Robert Temple

Above: Thomas Shuckford Denny advertised an impressive list of international wines in 1907, including Italan Marsala, Spanish Tarragona and Madeira at between 1/- and 1/6 a bottle (5p to 8p in today's money) and even Australian wine at 2/2 (about 11p) per flagon. Click the advert to enlarge.

Above: Another of Denny's advertisement from 1907 (but what is the name change about?)

A Thomas S Denny advertisement from 1915.

William S Denny adverts in Southwold Shopping Week Programme, Summer 1922 Click either picture to enlarge

in the 1920s William S Denny had a whole department dedicated to the new technology of radio. For permission to reproduce this invoice to Mr A G Baggott, the 'early adopter' butcher of No 11 Trinity Street, we have to thank the latter's great grandson, Peter Parke whose copyright this is.
To enlarge, click the image.

Mid-1920s advertisement in Southwold Town Guide

1929 advertisement for W S Denny's Wireless Department. Southwold Wesleyan Church Guide.
Both above courtesy of Heather Osmer.

Denny's store ablaze in 1930.
Photo Southwold Museum P2529 and, below, P2825
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Image courtesy of Penny Kent (nee Waters)

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Image courtesy of Penny Kent (nee Waters)

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The site after demolition, looking down Church Street
Southwold Museum P 1485

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The Denny store was soon trading 'as usual' after the fire. Advertisement from 1930

The new Denny & Jones Store after rebuilding in fashionable Art Deco style. The stor even boasted a restaurant upstairs.

Image courtesy of Penny Kent (nee Waters)

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The refrigerated counter - an innovation in the new Denny & Jones store.

Image courtesy of Penny Kent (nee Waters)

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Denny & Jones advert 1946

1946 advert reproduced from the Souvenir Programme for the Southwold Victory Celebrations.

With thanks to David Wright for supplying the image