Spitalfields Market

Today at lunchtime I walked through the churchyard of St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate and then on to Spitalfields.

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Old Spitalfields Market is a covered market in Spitalfields, just outside the City of London.

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There has been a market on the site since 1638 when Charles I of England gave a licence for flesh, fowl and roots to be sold on a (then) rural area on the eastern outskirts of London. The existing buildings were built in 1887 to service a wholesale market, owned by the City of London Corporation.

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The original wholesale fruit and vegetable market moved to New Spitalfields Market in 1991.

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Being at the centre of a revival in the area, the eastern end of Spitalfields retained its old charm in the 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.

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The original Victorian market buildings and the Market Hall and roof have been restored and Old Spitalfields Market is now one of London’s top markets. The market square of Old Spitalfields Market is a popular fashion, food, vintage and general market, open seven days a week, but is particularly lively on Sundays.

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A walk to Spitalfields wouldn’t be complete without admiring the wonderful architecture of Christ Church Spitalfields.

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Taken with my X-Pro1 with  18mm and 35mm lenses

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