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If You're In The Market For A Fishy Tale Then Take A Butcher's At This.

Updated: May 27, 2021

For a reason or three I don't seem to have had much time for delving into bygone boozers of late . What with travelling, hospitals, dentists, washing machine repairmen... OK, I know that's four, but who's counting? The previous post about the Cyclists Arms was a 'here's one I prepared earlier', Blue Peter style, post so that it could be put up to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Freckleton air disaster.

This post is the result of this picture that popped up in an online feed yesterday (thanks Debbie!) and didn't take a lot of research – and no pedalling.

Fish-Stall House, Great Yarmouth in March 1971. Picture courtesy of Debbie Larke

I well remember the Fish-Stall House standing on the corner of Market Gates. I used to pass it on a daily basis in the early 1970s when coming home from school. It was one of a collection of tall buildings that dominated the southern end of Great Yarmouth's market place in those days. Originally called the Jolly Butchers it was listed as a Lacon's pub in 1819 but somewhere around 1840 the then landlord, Robert Whiley, seems to have changed its name. The 1839 Pigot's Directory has him at the Butchers but in the census two years later it's going by the name of Fish-Stall House.

A further name change took place in the early 1860s. The census of 1861 has James Brown – not that one – at Fish-Stall House but three years later Robert Cater is running it as the Market Tavern if the 1864 edition of White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Norfolk is to believed. (This is not to be confused with the current Market Tavern at 17 Market Place which is owned by Enterprise Inns and was called the Growler back in my time and the King's Head before that.)

In its Market Tavern days.

By the mid 1890s it was back as the Fish-Stall House and so it remained until its last landlord, Sid Bonny, left in 1971. The building was demolished in 1972 to allow for the construction of the Market Gates shopping complex and when Mr. Google went by in 2018 the site was occupied by Bonmarché.

View from similar viewpoint as in the previous picture, taken in June 2018. ©2019 Google

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