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7 of the oldest Norwich market stalls

PUBLISHED: 08:48 01 January 2020 | UPDATED: 08:48 01 January 2020

Debs, Mike and James Read have been on the market for 50 years. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Debs, Mike and James Read have been on the market for 50 years. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Archant 2019

Norwich Market is in the midst of a revival as it enters a new decade after 900 years of trading. New stalls and a vibrant food and drink section have popped up, but which stalls have been serving customers the longest?

Alexander Pond, owner of Pond's Flowers, said the business has been open for 200 years. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019Alexander Pond, owner of Pond's Flowers, said the business has been open for 200 years. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Here are seven of the oldest stalls:

1. Pond's Flowers

While the florist's exact opening date is unknown owner Alexander Pond, 55, suspects the business has been on the market for nearly 200 years.

Mr Pond said: "My motto is 'don't moan and get on with life - we all are millionaires without money'. Just keep on smiling."

Anita Adcock is the third generation of her family to run The Mushy Peas Stall. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019Anita Adcock is the third generation of her family to run The Mushy Peas Stall. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

2. Mike, Debs and Sons Fruit and Veg

The family run fruit and veg stall has stocked larders across Norfolk with fresh produce for the past 50 years.

Co-owner Debs Read said: "If people want something that we don't already sell we will do our best to get it in. A regular once wanted chicory and at the time no one had heard of it, eight years later we're still selling it."

3. The Mushy Peas Stall

Richard Anderson has sold workear and clothes on the market for 40 years. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019Richard Anderson has sold workear and clothes on the market for 40 years. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

The mushy pea and pie stall opened in 1949 and has fed celebrity customers including TV chef Ainsley Harriott.

Owner Anita Adcock, 59, said: "None of our staple items have changed since the '40s and we keep our prices low."

4. Andersons

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Workwear and clothing stall Andersons opened 60 years ago and has been run by Richard Anderson for 40 years.

Mr Anderson said: "Trade has improved over the past five years. The market has really diversified and it has bought a lot of younger people in."

5. City Fish

Dressed Cromer crabs and hot smoked salmon are some of the items sold at City Fish, which has been open for 47 years.

Specialist butcher Pickerings has traded in Norwich market since 1984. Picture: Ruth LawesSpecialist butcher Pickerings has traded in Norwich market since 1984. Picture: Ruth Lawes

Fishmonger David Neech, 47, said: " We have always seen steady trade but the market is better now as there are more food stalls. It's a real foodie place."

6. Pickerings

The butchers opened on the market in 1984 and is nationally recognised for Norfolk-sourced sausages.

Brian Pickering, 77, said: "We have always sold specialist items so haven't been affected by food trends. The market is a fantastic place to be."

Lucy's Fish and Chips shop sells special seasonal items. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMANLucy's Fish and Chips shop sells special seasonal items. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

7. Lucy's Fish and Chips

The award-winning fish and chip stall opened in 1971 and offers vegan battered fish along with classics.

Seasonal specials also appear on the menu including battered sprouts at Christmas.

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