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Jefferson Market


Yesterday, 1868-9, Perkins Brothers were our local ice supplier and deliverer and operated from their Pleasant Street address at Jefferson Market. Jefferson Market was another name for the old brick market. 'The market' was mostly destroyed by the fire of 1802 (see 1813 Fire Map). The building was rebuilt in 1805 and managed to survive the great 1813 fire. By the mid 19th century, the second floor was known as Jefferson Hall. It was here that the City of Portsmouth had its first offices (they were called 'the city rooms'). They opened in 1864 after Jefferson Hall was renovated from one big room to several smaller ones.

After 1875-7, the City took over the entire building for its offices. The market became city hall. It remained city hall until more space was needed; the city then took residence at the old 'high school' (corner Chapel and Daniel Streets). The high school was moved to a new facility on Islington Street, immediately west of the library.


Today, where the 'old brick market' was, there is another building. In 1912, the new building was built as the New Hampshire National Bank. Over time, it became the Indian Head Bank and is now the Pleasant Street address Fleet Bank.

In their web page company profile, Fleet Bank states, "Fleet Bank is FleetBoston Financial Corporation is the nation's seventh-largest financial holding company, with assets exceeding $200 billion. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, FleetBoston Financial is a global diversified financial services company with 22 million customers in more than 20 countries and territories around the world. In addition, we have the largest retail banking franchise in the Northeast, with nearly 1,700 branches and over 3,800 ATMs serving six million households and nearly a half-million small businesses from Maine to Pennsylvania."


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