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By the Victorian era, the silk industry had entered a long decline and the old merchant dwellings had degenerated into multi-occupied slums. Spitalfields became a by-word for urban deprivation, and, by 1832, concern at a London cholera epidemic led The Poor Man's Guardian (18 February 1832) to write of Spitalfields:
The area straddles Commercial Street and is home to several markets, including the historic Old Spitalfields Market, Brick Lane Market and Cheshire Street. Petticoat Lane Market lies on the area's south-western boundaries.
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In the late 20th century, there was a dispute between the owners, the 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.
Find out what it takes to be a market trader at Old Spitalfields.
Spitalfields City Farm is the nearest city farm to the square mile. Despite this, the farm is located in one of the most deprived and densely populated wards of Tower Hamlets (DOE 1996), although Spitalfields remains a vibrant and colourful multi-cultural area with strong community links.
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. The existing buildings were built in 1887 to service a wholesale market, owned by the City of London Corporation.
Thursdays are a thing of legend at Old Spitalfields. It’s the day of The Antiques Market, …
Family volunteering - what better way to spend quality family time than volunteering together?
2016 marks our 40th anniversary and we are proud to look back over the past 40 years of music-making to celebrate all that we have achieved. Please take a look at our timeline of our 40-year history. Since we formed in 1976, both our neighbourhood and Spitalfields Music have changed considerably, … Continue reading “Timeline: 40 years of music”
New restaurants Las Iguanas and La Tasca compete with the international food court as well as fresh food market stalls providing a gastronomic paradise for discerning food lovers and families alike offering high quality and affordable foods including deli-style dishes, fresh produce, artisan breads and plenty of organic and fair trade products.
Friday's focus is fashion and art. You’ll find the usual line up of OSM traders plus …
We are offering training places for 20 emerging music leaders and musicians looking to develop skills in creative music workshop leading and the chance to reflect and build on their practice. Skills Lab comprises 3 days of practical training to develop skills and confidence in creative music leading. Sessions will … Continue reading “Applications open for Skills Lab”
On the first and third Friday of the month, a record fair joins the market, with an eclectic mix of different musical styles on offer, including rare and collectable vinyl.
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The name Spitalfields appears in the form Spittellond in 1399; as The spitel Fyeld on the "Woodcut" map of London of c.1561; and as Spyttlefeildes, also in 1561. The land belonged to St Mary Spital, a priory or hospital erected on the east side of the Bishopsgate thoroughfare in 1197, and the name is thought to derive from this. An alternative, and possibly earlier, name for the area was Lolsworth.
Amongst the many well known artists living in Spitalfields are Gilbert and George, Ricardo Cinalli, Tracey Emin and Stuart Brisley. TV presenter, architecture expert and Georgian fanatic Dan Cruickshank was an active campaigner for Spitalfields, and continues to live in the area. Writer Jeanette Winterson turned a derelict Georgian house into an organic food shop, Verde's, as part of the Slow Food movement.
19th century Spitalfields was recreated as the setting for the film From Hell about Jack the Ripper. This included a reconstruction (in Prague) of the notorious Ten Bells pub (still extant on Commercial Street): alleged to have been a rendezvous of some of the Ripper's prostitute victims, before they were murdered. In the film Johnny Depp (as Inspector Abberline) is seen drinking there with Ripper victim Mary Jane Kelly.
We are thrilled to share this year’s Winter Festival programme with you. Come and join us in the vibrant area of Spitalfields for extraordinary music in inspiring places from 4 – 11 December. This year, alongside our Festival Favourites including The Sixteen and The English Concert, we’re bringing you the danceable rhythms … Continue reading “Winter Festival line-up revealed”
Please spread the word and support the farm's campaign to change current the dilapidated stable roof into a non-leaky, eco-friendly, structural wonder that should last long into the next 30+ years!
Saturdays offer a themed market each week from affordable vintage, the finest of Old Spitalfields traders, designers makers and many more.
The Gun, a pub situated to the south of the market buildings, recalls Tudor times, when the Old Artillery Ground in this area was used by the Honourable Artillery Company to practice with cross-bow, and later guns and artillery pieces.
The wholesale fruit and vegetable market moved to New Spitalfields Market, Leyton, in 1991 and the original site became known as Old Spitalfields Market.
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Old Spitalfields Market is one of the finest surviving Victorian Market Halls in London (built 1876).
Open for eat in and takeaway 7 days a week.
Sunday 1-4pm Weekdays 10am-4pm. Tour Groups should book in advance.
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The market on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday is our core of regular traders selling a wide …
It provides a fashion, antiques and food offering vividly coloured, and with distinct and quirky creations of up-and-coming designers to bohemian, vintage and African designs. Niche shops, Sniff and boutiques Fairygothmother offer everything from hand-crafted wooden toys to todays must have design item.
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The low houses are all huddled together in close and dark lanes and alleys, presenting at first sight an appearance of non-habitation, so dilapidated are the doors and windows:- in every room of the houses, whole families, parents, children and aged grandfathers swarm together.
Located just five minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street Station, Old Spitalfields market is the perfect shopping destination. Open seven-days-per-week, the impressive array of shops and stalls draws in shoppers from all over the South East.
In 1860, a treaty was established with France, allowing the import of cheaper French silks. This left the many weavers in Spitalfields, and neighbouring Bethnal Green and Shoreditch indigent. New trades such as furniture and boot making came to the area; and the large windowed Huguenot houses were found suitable for tailoring, attracting a new population of Jewish refugees drawn to live and work in the textile industry.
In the late 20th century the Jewish presence diminished, to be replaced by an influx of Bangladeshi immigrants, who also worked in the local textile industry and made Brick Lane the curry capital of London.