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Old Spitalfields
Spitalfields
Market

Old Spitalfields
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
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
London Underground
and mainline railway station is Liverpool Street.

Contents

1 Historic market 2 Modern market 3 See also 4 Notes 5 References 6 External links

Historic market[edit]

The 1887 frontage of Spitalfields
Spitalfields
Market

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.[1] 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.[2][3] The existing buildings were built in 1887 to service a wholesale market, owned by the City of London Corporation. Spitalfields
Spitalfields
Market was extended westward to Steward Street in 1926, destroying the northern extensions of Crispin Street and Gun Street in the process.[4] The wholesale fruit and vegetable market moved to New Spitalfields Market, Leyton, in 1991 and the original site became known as Spitalfields
Spitalfields
Market. The market stalls were redesigned by leading British architects Foster+Partners for Old Spitalfields
Spitalfields
Market in October 2017. Modern market[edit]

Old Spitalfields
Spitalfields
Market 2018

Being at the centre of a revival in the area, the eastern end of Spitalfields
Spitalfields
retained its old charm in Horner Square and Horner Buildings, which are Grade II listed buildings.[5] 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
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 the 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
Nicholas Hawksmoor
church. In January 2011 Spitalfields
Spitalfields
received the "Best Private Market" award by the National Association of British Market Authorities.[6] Spitalfields
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.[7] See also[edit]

Leadenhall Market Old Billingsgate Market Petticoat Lane Market Smithfield Market

Notes[edit]

^ Spitalfields
Spitalfields
Market Published 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2009. ^ Spitalfields
Spitalfields
(Part 2) From "The Copartnership Herald", Vol. I, no. 11 (Christmas 1931-January 1932) Archived 2006-05-21 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Fiona Rule (2008) The Worst Street in London. Hersham, Ian Allan: 25 ^ Fiona Rule (2008) The Worst Street in London. Hersham, Ian Allan: 201 ^ Historic England. "Details from image database (206456)". Images of England. Retrieved 8 August 2009.  ^ "Parker Ward Ltd – Press release". Cision
Cision
Wire. Archived from the original on 22 March 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2011.  ^ " Spitalfields
Spitalfields
E1". ' Spitalfields
Spitalfields
E1'. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 

References[edit]

The East London History Society: Spitalfields
Spitalfields
history (Part 2)

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Old Spitalfields
Spitalfields
Market.

Old Spitalfields
Spitalfields
Market - Official Website Old Spitalfields
Spitalfields
Market - English Heritage Listed Building details The Roman cemetery discovered during the rebuilding of Spitalfields Market

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Markets in London

Historic

Old Billingsgate Covent Garden Cumberland Market Farringdon Fleet Hungerford Market Leadenhall Metropolitan Cattle Smithfield Old Spitalfields

Noted

Bermondsey Borough Brick Lane Camden Lock Camden Passage Columbia Road Greenwich Petticoat Lane Portobello Road

Historic charter

Barking Barnet Croydon (Surrey Street) Romford Uxbridge

Local

Backyard Berwick Street The Blue Broadway Brixton Chapel Chrisp Street Deptford Earlham Street East Street Edmonton Green Exmouth Lower Marsh Merton Abbey Mills Queen's Queen's Crescent Rathbone Ridley Road Shepherd's Bush Strutton Ground Sunday UpMarket Walthamstow

Modern wholesale

Billingsgate Fish New Covent Garden New Spitalfields Smithfield Wes

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