Friday, 4 March 2016

Leadenhall Market

Arcade of Iron and Glass.

It was a strangely quiet Friday lunchtime, when I found myself wandering towards the City of London, when I decided to take a look at Leadenhall Market. The City of London, and its immediate environs, is an area that I have least visited so I was happy to rectify that on this particular jaunt.

Brief History

The meat and fish Market first occupied a series of courts, behind the grand lead-roofed city mansion of Nevill House, on Leadenhall Street, in the 14th Century.

As early as 1321 it was an established meeting place of the Poulterers whilst the Cheesemongers brought their produce to the Market from 1397. Lord Mayor Richard 'Dick' Whittington purchased the freehold of the property for the Corporation of London, in 1411, and the spacious Market continued to be used for the sale of fish, meat, poultry and corn.

In 1666 parts of the Market were damaged by the Great Fire and were subsequently rebuilt.

The existing wrought iron and glass roof buildings were designed by the City Architect Horace Jones, and built by the Corporation of London, in 1881.

Leadenhall Market became Grade II listed in 1972.

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