Monument record SWD 051 - Southwold

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Indicative area of Medieval town of Southwold


Grid reference Centred TM 5077 7614 (525m by 794m)
Map sheet TM57NW


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Medieval town of Southwold, defined from historic maps and locations of listed buildings.
1222, grant of market to the Abbot of St Edmunds.
1226/27, grant of market and fair to be held on the eve and day of St Philip and St Jacob (30th April).
1490, permission granted to hold a second fair.
Fairs held: Trinity Fair (three days following Trinity Sunday), St Bartholomews Fair (held in front of the church on Bartholomews Green on the 24th August).
1504 charter given for 2 weekly markets and 2 annual fairs (S1,S2).
After Southwold map 1588 (S3).
After 17th century map of Southwold (S4).
After Hodskinson's map of 1783 (S5).
2015: Area to the south of the town extended following a geophysical survey that identified possible medieval structures and roadways on Gun Hill (S6).

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Dymond D and Martin E. 1999. An Historical Atlas of Suffolk (revised edition). Scarfe N, 'Medieval and Later Markets', 76-7.
  • <S2> Bibliographic reference: Goult W. 1990. A Survey of Suffolk Parish History.
  • <S3> Map: Becker J. Southwold 1588.
  • <S4> Map: Wakes, R.. 1839. Southwold and its Vacinity. Southwold in the 16th century.
  • <S5> Cartographic materials: Hodskinson. Hodskinson map, 1783.
  • <S6> Unpublished document: Bescoby, D.. 2015. Gun Hill and Silkman's Hill, Southwold: A Geophysical Investigation.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Nov 17 2016 10:21AM

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