grid reference TM 421 903 (approximate location)
The pub is listed in 1830 in Dolphin Row, and listed at New Market in 1840,1855 and 1871 It's also listed at New Market Place in 1865.
A report on September 1st 1874 states "Transfer of Licence from Dolphin to new house in course of construction in Ravensmere granted". This may have been either the Caxton Arms or the Royal Oak.
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)
Some information from records transcribed by Foxearth & District Local History Society.