Off-Street Markets

Off-Street Markets

Like its wholesale markets, London's off-street markets were affected by the growth of London and the dramatic increase in motorised vehicles. Seven London off-street markets are outlined here.

Old Spitalfields Market

Old Spitalfields originated as a 13th-century market operating on the edge of the City of London. This evolved into a fresh produce market.

The Corporation of London acquired direct control of Spitalfields Market in 1920. The original buildings, built in 1893, were extended in 1928.

Over the next 60 years, Spitalfields' growing reputation brought increased traffic congestion to the surrounding streets. With no room for expansion, the produce market relocated to Leyton as New Spitalfields Market in May 1991.

Old Spitalfields survived the 20th century, although redevelopment reduced the remaining site. It continues as a vibrant daily general market.

Queen's Market

Queen's Market began in the 1880s as a small street market in Green Street. It serviced the thousands of new terraced houses that had been built nearby.

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