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No 21 Market Place


Southwold's Royal Charter of 1489 entitled the town to maintain its own gaol. From the early 18th century and for 124 years thereafter, the gaol was in this and the adjacent premises (No 23). It was rebuilt in 1819 and fell into disuse in 1835. Typically, the only gaoler was a poor widow who was also allowed to eke a living by collecting dues from the market traders. The gaol was little used and was reputedly rather easy to escape from - simply a matter of vaulting over the back wall. This was not necessarily an attractive option as the felon would then find himself in the town Shambles or slaughter yard! In fact, after the gaol closed, the shop became a butcher before it began its long history as a greengrocery. This group of buildings on the eastern side of the Market Place still belongs to the Town. The Aldred family have been associated with these premises, on and off, either as business owners or produce suppliers for nearly 120 years. Norman Aldred continues to provide stock from his market garden.

Greengrocery & Fruit Shop established this year. (Source: later advertising claim by John Aldred. See right.)

James Cadey - Greengrocer (W)

Mrs Emily Aldred - Greengrocer & Confectioner (K1896)

John Aldred - Greengrocer. Trading as 'The Old Fruit Shop'. John is the son of John & Emily Aldred. (K1908)

John Aldred - Greengrocer.
John Aldred - Greengrocer (SPM1928)

1930, 1933
Violet Bumstead - Greengrocer (SPM1930, K1933). Violet and her husband, George, already run a grocery business at No 25 High Street. This Market Place shop is to be managed by their son, Jack Bumstead.

G J Marshall Bumstead - Greengrocer (K1937). The shop is managed by his son, Jack.

Jack Bumstead - Fruiterer and Greengrocer (SRB1945).







Michael Taylor - Greengrocer. Dies in 1982 in the flat above the shop. (LM)

Pat & Pauline Samkin take over the greengrocers, having previously
run the fish shop at No 5 East Street


Norman Aldred - Market Gardener and Greengrocer. The shop was given the trading name of 'The Market Garden'. Relationship of Norman to John?


Norman Aldred - Market Gardener and Greengrocer


Michael & Anna Chappell take over 'The Market Garden', adding floristry to their range of offerings.

Sharon Adnams

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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.

Steps down to the former cells

1909 advertisement for John Aldred's
'Old Fruit Shop'

Reproduced from Southwold Sea Angling Society Handbook, courtesy of Carol Stone.
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Advertisement in the 1931 Southwold Golf Club Handbook. The Bumstead family were running two fruiterers and greengrocers - this one and No 25 High Street..
Image courtesy of Robert Temple

Pat and Pauline Samkin - mid 80s

Pat and Pauline Samkin photographed in their shop in the mid-80s.
Reproduced from 'To the Town' by kind permission of Stephen Wolfenden

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Advert in Purdy's Town Map - early 90s

Image courtesy of Peter Parke