Successful art dealer, Andrew Matthews,
visited Southwold with his family in the early 1900s. They loved the town
and bought a home on the corner of Lorne Road and Queen Street. They became
generous benefactors to the town. In 1908 they had four cottages designed
in the Arts and Crafts style and built in the nearby village of Reydon
on Covert Road. It is, even today, a charming, quirky complex complete
with gardens, statue and six terracotta pelicans on pillars as a symbol
of piety. The little turrets may be a reminder of Bruges, Belgium where
Andrew Matthews had much business success.
was a charitable housing development for eight people. Residents had to
be natives of Southwold, to have lived there for more than twenty years,
to have a limited income, to be over 65 years of age and to be of good
physical and mental health.
houses might be considered primitive by today’s standards, with
no running water, electricity or gas and no WC. They were, however, fully
furnished to a high standard.