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No 3 South Green

Mrs Ann Chapman - Baker and Flour Dealer (W 1874)

John Chapman - Baker and Confectioner (K 11896)

Charles Ife - Tobacconist (K1908)

Ernest Dean Newson - Confectioner and Baker (K1916). He is a first cousin of another Southwold Baker and Confectioner, Ernest Ben Newson of No 8 Victoria Street. Ernest Dean's son is Eric Dean and is popularly known locally as 'Ginger' Newson.
Ernest Dean Newson - Confectioner and Baker

Ernest Dean Newson - Confectioner and Baker (K1937, SRB1938-50)

The late J B Harris spent boyhood holidays with his family in Southwold and, in his memoir, 'Memories of Southwold 1920 - 1939', recalls: "There was Newson the bakers... who sold the most delicious ices. 1d cornets and 2d wafers, The son, Ginger, used to do the deliveries on a bicycle with a small front wheel with a large basket above it. Besides speed, he was noted for his ginger hair and the shrillest of whistles. Later on Ginger became a loved character but, sadly, he lost interest in life." Quoted with the kind permission of J B Harris's widow, Mary.

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Ernest Dean Newson - Confectioner and Baker (SRB 1938-50)

John 'Wiggy' Goldsmith was a paper boy in the early 1940s. He remembers "... up Station Road, York Road, Godyll Road, South Green and back. I used to call in at Ginger Newson's. Every day Ginger's father used to make me a cup of coffee and I had the choice of one of his lovely chocolate-topped things or a chelsea - a real chelsea bun! All the officers used to go in there, too. But the ordinary soldiers went next door to the Naafi - where The Homestead is now."


Ernest Dean Newson - Confectioner and Baker (when did he close?)

The premises become residential. Ernest Donald (Ginger) Newson continues to live here.




(Note: Ginger dies in 1991)


The house is still called 'Ginger's House'


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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.

'Ginger's House' on the corner of South Green and Park Lane. The bake house with its chimney survives and Ginger's memory is preserved in the name and in the relief image of the man himself over the door.

Chapman's shop in the late 1890s

Southwold Museum P2095
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1922 advertsement in the Southwold Corporation Tourist Guide

A pencil drawing of 'Ginger' in old age signed Jean Howe

Ginger Newson - mid 80s

Ginger Newson photographed in the High Street in the mid-80s.. Could the bike be the same one remembered by J B Harris in the 1930s?
Reproduced from 'To the Town' by kind permission of Stephen Wolfenden

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