London Group 6
This is a research group led by Wendy White. The meetings are held on the 4th Monday of the month, from 10am to 12noon.
Group Leader Wendy White writes:
"Over the 10 years of our existence, this group along with London group 1 & TOWIE, all of whom meet at my house, have, at my request, put their tea money in charity boxes which I provide. A staggering amount has been sent to R.N.L.I. ( Southend) of £664.82, Diabetes U.K. £356.06 & this year I added Mencap ( Southend) £42.85. This makes a grand total of £1063.73. Well done everyone, thank you so much for your generosity."
Our subject today was MARKETS.
Leadenhall Market is built on the site of what was the heart of Roman London. The current building was erected in 1881, is Grade 2 listed & features in the Harry Potter movies.
Columbia Rd flower market is only open on Sundays when both sides of the road emit the loveliest aromas. Angela Burdett-Coutts, the well known philanthropist, started the market & built many of the still existing houses & shops in the road to help the local people out of poverty.
Borough Market in Southwark dates back to 1014 when it supplied pilgrims with food & drink. In 1676 it was destroyed by fire & later a new market emerged almost as we know it today. In 1933 it was estimated that 1.75 million bushels of apples we sold there that year. In 1990 it was re-invented to what we have today, a thriving, cosmopolitan eating area.
Spitalfields tales it’s name from St. Mary’s Spittle & was originally spelt Spittle Fields. It is near Brick Lane & Petticoat Lane. It has a famous pub called The Gun & is now a “trendy” area in place of the old fruit & veg. market which was on this site for many years.
Covent Garden lies on an Anglo-Saxon settlement & trading was happening there as long ago as the 600’s. Henry 8th took it for himself ( what DIDN’T he take?). In 1600’s the area was notorious for prostitution, one enterprising chap even produced a leaflet listing all the girls, their rates etc. Until 1918 the land was owned by the Russell family. The church in the square, St. Paul’s is known as the actors church.
Portobello Road was developed mostly after the coming of the tube line in mid. 19th century. Today it is famous as an antique market although other goods are sold there too. It has featured in many films, songs & t.v. programmes. Bargain Hunt is a frequent visitor. The road has it’s own Twitter & Facebook accounts.
Petticoat Lane was originally called Hogs Lane which was changed to Middlesex Street in 1830. The Hugenots who settled in Spitalfields traded there as did the Jewish refugees who set up workshops to trade their clothes. The Jews wanted the Lane to open on a Sunday as their religion forbade them to work on Saturday, their Sabbath. Eventually they got their way & Petticoat Lane is heaving with people on a Sunday. In Victorian times the area was very poor & in fact within “Jack the ripper” territory. Alan Sugar had a stall here.
Our next project is Famous writers born in London.