Coordinates: 51°31′10″N 0°4′31″W / 51.51944°N
0.07528°W / 51.51944; -0.07528
Spitalfields Market is a covered market in Spitalfields, London.
There has been a market on the site for over 350 years. In 1991 it
gave its name to New
Spitalfields Market in Leyton, where fruit and
vegetables are now traded.
It is situated in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, just outside
the City of London. The closest
London Underground and mainline
railway station is Liverpool Street.
1 Historic market
2 Modern market
3 See also
6 External links
The 1887 frontage of
There has been a market on the site since 1638 when King Charles gave
a licence for flesh, fowl and roots to be sold on Spittle Fields,
which was then a rural area on the eastern outskirts of London.
After the rights to a market had seemingly lapsed during the time of
the Commonwealth, the market was re-founded in 1682 by King Charles II
in order to feed the burgeoning population of a new suburb of London.
Market buildings were sited on the rectangular patch of open ground
which retained the name Spittle Fields: demarcated by Crispin Street
to the west, Lamb Street to the north, Red Lion Street (later subsumed
into Commercial Street) to the east and Paternoster Row (later known
as Brushfield Street) to the south. The existing buildings were
built in 1887 to service a wholesale market, owned by the City of
Spitalfields Market was extended westward to Steward Street in 1926,
destroying the northern extensions of Crispin Street and Gun Street in
The wholesale fruit and vegetable market moved to New Spitalfields
Market, Leyton, in 1991 and the original site became known as
The market stalls were redesigned by leading British architects
Foster+Partners for Old
Spitalfields Market in October 2017.
Spitalfields Market 2018
Being at the centre of a revival in the area, the eastern end of
Spitalfields retained its old charm in Horner Square and Horner
Buildings, which are Grade II listed buildings. These market
buildings were designed by George Sherrin for the last private owner
of the fruit and vegetable market, Robert Horner, and built between
1885 and 1893. The original Victorian buildings and the market hall
and roof have been restored and
Spitalfields is now one of London's
major markets. The market square is a popular fashion, arts and
crafts, food and general market, open seven days a week, but is
particularly busy at weekends.
In the late 20th century, there was a dispute between the owners, the
City of London
City of London Corporation and local residents about the redevelopment
of the 1926 market extension at the western end. The Corporation won,
and now a Norman Foster-designed office block surrounds the western
side of the site, after two-thirds of the historic market were rebuilt
to include restaurants, shops and a large indoor arts and crafts
market, called the Traders' Market.
The Gun, a pub situated to the south of the market buildings, recalls
Tudor times, when the
Old Artillery Ground
Old Artillery Ground in this area was used by
Honourable Artillery Company
Honourable Artillery Company to practice with cross-bow, and later
guns and artillery pieces.
At the east end, and on the other side of Commercial Street, is Christ
Church, a large
Nicholas Hawksmoor church.
In January 2011
Spitalfields received the "Best Private Market" award
by the National Association of British Market Authorities.
Spitalfields currently hosts a street food market named The Startisans
Market every Friday, a style market every Saturday, and occasional art
markets at the weekend.
Old Billingsgate Market
Petticoat Lane Market
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