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No 16 South Green

This was the 'holiday home' of Caroline Acton, a well known and much loved benefactor of the town. At her funeral in 1838, all the businesses of Southwold closed their doors as a mark of respect. Her memory is preserved in the name 'Acton Lodge' at No 18 South Green, next door.

Southwold Constitutional Club is described in a 1905 tourist guide as "recently established ... affording to members a reading room, billiard room, card room, the use of a telephone in connection with the Post Office trunk system, and the usual advantages of a social club. Visitors properly introduced can become temporary members at the modest subscription of 3s 6d per week or 10s 6d for the season of three months."

Southwold Constitutional Club - The Steward is Edwin Henry Taylor, (76) married to Mabel. (C1911)

Southwold Constitutional Club Ltd (K1924)

1933, 1937
Southwold Constitutional Club Ltd (K1933, K1937)

Destroyed by enemy action at 9.45 am on 8th November. The Club Steward, Mr Maltby, was trapped and rescued by Mr C N Field and Mr A Runnacles who each received British Empire Medals as a consequence. (Source: Barrett Jenkins' 'Reminiscences of Southwold through two World Wars'.


Redeveloped as residential







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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.

No 16 was rebuilt as a private house after it was destroyed during the Second War.

Constitutional Club as it was before the bombing

Rear view after the bombing. The whole of the club hall was destroyed.

Both the above images reproduced from 'Reminiscences of Southwold through two World Wars' by Barrett Jenkins by kind permission of his daughter, Ann Thornton.

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Part of a portrait of Caroline Acton reproduced from Barrett Jenkins' book 'Bygones and Local Characters of Southwold', by kind permission of the Author's daughter. Ann Thornton..