Cropmark of Stoke church Ring-ditch excavation at Great Cornard Worked flint Bronze Age burial at Eriswell Framlingham castle from the air Pottery vessels in situ at Leiston Flint tool from Southery Ring-ditch excavation at Great Cornard Cropmarks in Stoke-by-Nayland

SWD 051 - Southwold

SHER Number:SWD 051
Type of Record:Monument
Grid Reference:TM 5077 7614

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Indicative area of Medieval town of Southwold

Monument Types

  • TOWN (Medieval to IPS: Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • MARKET (13th century to IPS: Post Medieval - 1222 AD to 1900 AD)

Designated Status: none recorded


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 and Further Reading

[S1]SSF50087 - Bibliographic reference: Dymond D and Martin E. 1999. An Historical Atlas of Suffolk (revised edition). Scarfe N, 'Medieval and Later Markets', 76-7.
[S2]SSF50019 - Bibliographic reference: Goult W. 1990. A Survey of Suffolk Parish History.
[S3]SSF50513 - Map: Becker J. Southwold 1588.
[S4]SSF50514 - Map: Wakes, R.. 1839. Southwold and its Vacinity. Southwold in the 16th century.
[S5]SSF50156 - Cartographic materials: Hodskinson. Hodskinson map, 1783.
[S6]SSF57332 - Unpublished document: Bescoby, D.. 2015. Gun Hill and Silkman's Hill, Southwold: A Geophysical Investigation.

Associated Finds: None recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 17 2016 10:21AM
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