decline that was so marked during the 1920s continued.
TE Lawrence (of Arabia) rented a house along with two
friends in 1930. He wrote a letter to his publisher describing
the harshness of life in the village.
Some things did get better, new coastguard houses were
built, and the local company won the Board of Trade Shield
in 1931. There was an increase in the number of children
of school age and the village school re-opened in 1932.By
the middle of the decade the country was enjoying more
prosperous times. There was more disposable income and
the better off could afford to buy their own cars. The
popularity of Collieston as a seaside “resort”
was revived with the renowned spelding teas as the highlight
for many visitors.These popular tearooms were located
in the house now known as the Bakery in the High Town.
Their popularity was based largely on the “Spelding
Teas” that helped to attract charabanc parties and
private cars to the village. Many people also bought speldings
to take away with them.In September 1939 Britain declared
war on Germany. This time it seemed that Collieston might
be on the front line.