Cheshire Street is a street in east London linking
Brick Lane with
Bethnal Green and Whitechapel.
It has had various names in its history, such as Hare Street, and
today forms part of
Brick Lane Market on Sundays. The Cheshire Street
part of the market is home to various
Bric A Brac
Bric A Brac stalls; prior to the
area become popular with artists, the market was a source of basic
items (clothes, toys etc.) for working people from the East End.
The street runs parallel to the former
Bishopsgate Goods Yard
Bishopsgate Goods Yard and the
main railway track into Liverpool Street and the railway viaduct that
used to carry trains into the good yard is one of the oldest brick
rail viaducts in the world, the listed Braithwaite Viaduct. It is
possible to see the original brick work of this viaduct from Grimsby
Street, a tributary of Cheshire Street.
The old Carpenters Arms pub, now re-opened, is also located on
Cheshire Street. The notorious
Kray twins bought the pub for their
mother, who used to hold court in it at weekends. According to the
last proprietors of the pub, the Krays installed a bespoke bar surface
during the time they owned the pub - the surface
employed was allegedly a coffin lid. Reggie Kray's funeral procession
Cheshire Street in 2000.
Cheshire Street is also home to the Repton Boys boxing club, London's
oldest boxing gym, alma mater to boxers such as Maurice Hope, Billy
Walker, and Audley Harrison, not to mention underworld figures such as
"Mad" Frankie Fraser.
Today the Hauser & Wirth Coppermill art gallery is open on
Cheshire Street. The last exhibition to feature in the gallery was
Christoph Büchel’s installation entitled ‘Simply Botiful’. This
installation featured a cheap, rundown hotel, and an underground
tunnel through a fridge freezer to where a prehistoric animal stood
encased in stone.
The nearest London Underground stations are
Bethnal Green and
Coordinates: 51°31′25″N 0°4′3″W / 51.52361°N