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Reference your article about Aylsham market and your request about other local markets.
My first memory was going to North Walsham market when I was a schoolboy.
It was on Park Lane where the Paston surgery is now. It was a livestock, deadstock market run by Irelands Auctioneers and it sold pigs, chickens, rabbits, ducks, geese, and anything from cycles to tools, plants and vegetables.
Dealers would buy chickens, rabbits and pigs. My father would buy rabbits for breeding and chickens for the pot and goslings to fatten for Christmas.
North Walsham was a busy town then but as soon as the market closed it had a big impact on the town. There was also a cattle market where Roys shop is now and the pubs did a good trade on market days.
I also went to Stalham market on a Tuesday run by Howlett and Edrich. It was where the Tesco supermarket is now. We used to bike from Knapton where I lived. Father would take a crate on his bike in case he bought chickens or goslings.
There was also a furniture sale there and Dad would buy a sofa or sideboard or something.
Dealers came from miles around and you would always meet someone you knew to have a chat with.
I also went to Aylsham market on a Monday. I once bought some timber to build a pheasant run. I asked the auctioneer if he could bring it home for me as it was too long to go in my car.
I have also been to Acle sale on a Thursday. It had two salegrounds, one was Howlett and Edrich and the other Waters and Son.
Howlett and Edrich sold mainly cattle, and Waters sold poultry and rabbits etc. Waters has gone now but Howlett and Edrich is now Horners.
From our archives, a scene from market day at Acle in 1978.