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Corner of Ladd & Market Streets


Yesterday "Historic Portsmouth is noted for its old houses and landmarks, and in a business way the house of Pryor & Matthews, plumbing and hardware, 16 Market and 1 Ladd Street, is notable for its long continued and honorable public service. The business was founded in 1786, and established at its present address in 1880. Hardware of every description is extensively dealt in, including builders' light and heavy hardware, garden tools, mechanics' tools, fine cutlery, paints, oils, varnishes, etc." claimed the 1906 advertisement.


Today, Peavey Hardware is in the same building today. The Market Street number has changed but the store is still on the corner of Ladd and Market Streets.

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