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The 'Tom & Jerry', Constitution Hill

Henry Garrod - Grocer and beer house keeper. Henry Garrod is married to Rebecca and has moved here after having run The Crown Inn at No 90 High Street for 24 years. He calls his new establishment the 'Tom & Jerry' probably inspired by a highly popular contemporary book by Pierce Egan of 1821. The novel was titled 'Life in London, or The Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn Esq. and his Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom'. A stage version adapted by William Montcrieff was called, more simply, 'Tom and Jerry, or Life in London'. As an early (and very successful) attempt at merchandising, the author (who was also a journalist) invented a fashionable new cocktail called a 'Tom & Jerry' - a type of hot egg nog reinforced with brandy - to promote the opening of the play at London's Adelphi Theatre. When later the play opened in New York, America fell for 'Tom & Jerry' cocktails in a big way and they remain a Christmas favourite particularly in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Henry's unconventional approach to running public houses is reflected in a story related by the diarist James Maggs who notes that Henry purchases from St Edmund's Church an old 'pulpit sounding board' which had been removed back in 1825 during refurbishment and stored in the 'steeple'. This he converts into a pub sign and mounts above the front door of the 'Tom & Jerry' (M)

Elizabeth Garrod - Wine and Beer Retailer. Henry and Rebeca's 32 year-old unmarried daughter has now taken over the business but seems to have given up the public house side of the business to concentrate on retail sales.(C1871 - 1881)


















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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 'Tom & Jerry' in 1885 showing the converted pulpit sounding board above the door. Reproduced from Barrett Jenkins' book 'Bygones and Characters of Old Southwold' by kind permission of the author's daughter, Ann Thornton.

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1885 receipt from Elizabeth Garrod to Arthur Grubbe. Arthur is the 30-year-old son of JE Grubbe of nearby South Green House (now called Regency House.) who was Southwold' s longest-standing mayor.

Image courtesy of Robert Temple.

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