A record of the town since the dawn of photography


Cross Street

Catalogue ref: pa721

Category: Mid-20th Century Townscape

Period: 1946-c1975

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This fine timber- framed merchant's house at 101 Cross Street probably dates back to the late 15th century. Two shopfronts were inserted in the early 20th century(?) and many former pupils of Mill Lane school will remember Mr Maskell who ran what was in effect the school tuck shop here. He retired in 1985 and the shopfronts have since disappeared in the change back to residential use. The road level was raised by Macadam in the 1840s which explains how the ground floors are sunk below the present road surface.

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The market town of Sudbury, on the borders of Suffolk and Essex, has a long and fascinating history. Much of the way of life in the town since the invention of photography has been caught on camera. The Sudbury Museum Trust has developed this website to show and provide information on a selection of these photographs.

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