The Jolly Butcher
This original design of Mr. G.E. Mackenney, the Artist who later painted the Pictorial Sign which now hangs outside these premises, shows the sort of rubicund Jolly Butcher from whom we would all like to purchase our meat.
The magnificent joint, which he offers with such pride across his spotless counter, shows that he is a man who not only 'knows his meat', but takes meticulous care in its presentation.
The Jolly Butcher probably owes its origin as a name to the fact that Butcher boys used to serenade newly married couples by beating marrow bones against their cleavers, which produced a noise rather like bell ringing.
Bands would consist of about 8 cleavers each producing a different note, and were once so common that bones and cleavers were satirically described as the national instruments of England. The last public performance of this popular music is said to have been at the Wedding of the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, in 1863, when bands paraded the town playing 'God Save The Queen' on their cleavers.
Most houses of their name are in the vicinity of markets or shambles, as flesh or meat markets were called, many of which have long since ceased to appear in our Towns and Villages with the advancement of refrigeration and hygiene.