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Iron Founding

Southwold's reputation for fine iron work is all due to one man, Edmund Child whose workshop, in the early 1800s, was behind his house in the Marketplace where Denny's clothing shop now is. The site is still known as Child's Yard.

The business passed to his son, George Edmund, in 1841. As well as being an iron and brass founder, George was also an exceptionally innovative engineer and draughtsman. He is the man who, among other things, is credited with inventing the gasometer, the first example of which was erected in Blyth Road near the town's allotments. More about this on our 'Public Utilities' page.

  St Edmund's Gates  
Child's Yard, today  
Left: Child's elaborately worked gates for St Edmund's Church. Right: An unreconstructed corner of Child's Yard today.

Much of the output of the Child Foundry still survives, including the pump in the marketplace (top left), the Church gates (left) and some of the surviving original gas lamps, including the one still standing outside the museum (right). The firm's most unusual commission was for an iron coffin in which Miss Caroline Acton was interred near Ipswich in 1838.Use the links below to explore the history of Southwold’s other industries.

Brewing
Hosiery and bedding manufacture
Iron founding
Milling
Public Utilities (Gas, water, electricity)
Rope making
Salt manufacture
Shops and Trades

 

Lamp Standard by the Child Foundry

The lamp standard outside the Southwold Museum was cast at the Child foundry

 
 

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