Bert Hall's Seaside Emporium

Photo:Bert Hall in his Town Crier's uniform, 1920s

Bert Hall in his Town Crier's uniform, 1920s

A Newarker makes good in Mablethorpe


Bert Hall was the Town crier of Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire from 1925 until 1951.

In trade directories for the town he is listed as a newsagent and clockmaker, also bearing the distinction of being a fine amateur pianist, conjuror and comedian.

One of Bert’s sidelines, however, would have particularly caught the eye of Newarkers visiting the seaside resort of Mablethorpe in the 1930s. Here Bert operated his own Auction Tent selling such items as watches, clocks, cutlery and jewellery.

Photo:Bert Hall's Auction Tent at Mablethorpe in the 1930s

Bert Hall's Auction Tent at Mablethorpe in the 1930s

Photo:Bert Hall with daughter Cissie drumming up trade in Mablethorpe with a loud-hailer

Bert Hall with daughter Cissie drumming up trade in Mablethorpe with a loud-hailer

Simon Watkinson, Bert Hall's Great Grandson, has been in touch with these memories:-

"Bert Hall senior was my Great Grand farther and Town Crier of Newark from 1925-1951.  The family - Bert sr, his wife Bella and 3 children (Bert jr, Cissie and Mary (My Grandma)) - lived on Baldertongate , Newark.

Bert was primarily a Clock maker but as you know had a few side lines including the Auction Tent . Bert senior’s farther was Joseph Hall (My Great Great Grandfarther) and he was Newark’s town crier from 1896-1925 , he was noted as being a Newsagent and living on Baldertongate around 1900. 

Bert Junior ,my great uncle became Town Crier after his father died in 1951 and retired from the role in 1984 - so my ancestors were town criers for 88 years!

Bert sr died long before I was born , but my Mum can just remember him playing the piano in the house on Baldertongate. I am told he was a superb pianist , amateur Magician and comedian. I can, however, remember Great aunt Cissie who lived on New Street , Newark; by then she was an old lady .

As a young lady Cissie did a regular high diving act off Skegness pier into a burning ring of fire and later ran  part the shop on Baldertongate (Big and Beautiful) selling ladies fashions and Nik Naks. I am told Cissie kept a pet pig in her house and was the first lady in newark to ride a motor cycle! 

My mum has always said the family was originally of Romany Gypsy descent, hence the travelling and auction tent at Mablethorpe in the summer!

The Baldertongate property’s referred to  were occupied by Bert senior’s widow Bella until they were demolished (in the late 50s?) to make way for an entrance to the London Road carpark! The cellars were stuffed with antiques and clocks, which were considered of no value at the time, sealed and the car park built above!"

For more about Bert Hall, click HERE

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Bert Hall's Seaside Emporium' page

This page was added by Website Administrator on 03/06/2010.
Comments about this page

I found an old photo of Bert Hall with a hand cart advertising his auction tent..would you like me to email you a scan of it?

By Hazel jones
On 21/10/2014

Hi hazel , Bert hall was my Great grandfather and I'd love to see the picture.kind regards Simon watkinson

By Simon watkinson
On 17/11/2014

Hi Simon, the photo referred to by Hazel in the Comment above now appears as the last image on this page

By Website Administrator
On 01/12/2014

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