Closed: between 1840 and 1920
grid reference TL 642 633
It can be seen on this old OS map from early in the 20th century (interactive map).
The Dolphin is also listed at Market Lane. It stood close to the junction with Wellington Street, opposite the Fountain.
To be sold, at the Fox and Goose Inn in Newmarket, an Estate in Newmarket consisting of an old well accustomed Inn, called the Dolphin, with a tenement, Brewing-Office, large commodious Stables and other Out-houses. Also a Close of Pasture-Ground, containing two Acres, with a Barn adjoining, and nineteen Acres of Arable Land in the Common Field. All Freehold and subject to an out-going Rent of 1s 8d a Year only. Enquire of Thomas Bridgeman, the present Occupier of the Lands.Ipswich Journal, 20 Sept 1766***
Died on 17 Nov 1865, at Newmarket, of consumption; Mr James Tomlin, brewer and landlord of the Dolphin Inn. Ipswich Journal, Nov 1865**
A dolphin is seen as a friendly animal that would help ancient mariners by twining itself round the anchor cable in a storm to prevent the anchor dragging. It also features in many coats of arms including the Fishmongers Company and the Company of Watermen. In France from the 14th cent. the eldest son of the king was known as "le dauphin".
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(1830 Pigots Directory supplied by Sandra Easom)
Precise location found with help from the Newmarket Local History Society
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.