What was that?
A guide to some of Jericho's distinctive buildings. For other articles, see the menu to the right.
Text and illustration by Jenny Barsley
Mutton Yard is a picturesque hidden courtyard off Richmond Road. These buildings were derelict and inhabited by squatters until the 1970s when they were bought by Ron Mutton of A1 Plumbing and Heating. He converted them into an office for his business and three flats which are let out to American visitors or students. In 2000, however, the A1 offices were also converted into a flat.
Originally they were part of a slaughterhouse, and an elderly woman resident used to tell Mr Mutton of the former 'glories' of the yard when pigs would squeal and run around. The slaughterhouse supplied meat to several butchers including Hedges and Pratley who are still in business. The original cobble stones are still there, though now surrounded by pretty gardens. Mr Mutton, whose initials, appropriately enough, are R.A.M., still has the original cauldron in which the offal was put to feed the pony who presumably drew the cart in which the unfortunate animals arrived.