This tall, rather striking building was known to us as once
bearing a large decorative hand-painted game and butchery sign on its
east wall. The text is given on our Introduction page. The
photograph of this sign is framed and displayed inside
the restaurant. A version of it can be found at the top of our Lost
trade signs page.
The bressummer near the top of the gable has a carved date in
with what appears to be a carved
merchant's mark in the centre. This late Victorian building doesn't
right for a medieval merchant's mark; perhaps the 'Arts & Crafts'
architectural style invited this archaic touch? It is
interesting that Bettley/Pevsner (see Reading list)
read this date as '1897'; who are we to argue? The
building is further described: "[it] has a first-floor canted oriel and
a jettied gable with carved bressumer and barge-boards ... as well as a
good tiled shopfront. The tiles must be by Carter & Co. of Poole,
who sign a large tiled mural of a hunting scene inside what was
originally a fishmonger and game merchant's shop (two more murals have
The premises to the left boast a fine decorative plaster panel
The whole is protected from evil spirits, perhaps unusually, by
a terra cotta flying fish on the apex of the gable:
Orford Street, 30 Norwich Road
Above: the building on the corner of Norwich Road and Orford
Street was for many years the Hare & Hounds public house, but was
converted in 2011, with the help of Coe's store opposite, into a bridal
shop. The nicely refurbished facades bear a water valve oval badge (see
Street furniture) and cast iron street nameplate: 'ORFORD ST.'
The masonry paint has been carefully applied with the street
sign in place, but its black frame has also been painted. Six bolts
attach the plate to the stucco. The side wall of the Maharani is visible at far left.
At the rear of the Coe's store is a narrow thoroughfare leading,
eventually, north to Newson Street. See our Street
name derivations page to indicate the street name links to the
nearby Barrack Corner.