- Marketplaces are distinguishing landmarks and places of social connection that despite many other changes somehow seem to survive throughout long periods in history. Recent and significant modern regeneration and refurbishment has at least ensured survival for the foreseeable future. Interesting how determined we are to maintain these historic locations, consider Smithfield, Covent Garden,Spitalfiels and Billingsgate just within central London alone.
- Leadenhall was designed in 1881 one of a number of landmark buildings which Sir Horace designed (Smithfield, Billingsgate and the original designs for Tower Bridge were also his work.
- In 1991, Leadenhall Market was extensively restored: Close to the Lloyd’s of London building and the Bank of England, it’s a popular place for city workers on lunch break so the best time to visit is early lunchtime as it gets very busy by 1pm, still a lovely place to stroll around and soak up the current building and you can buy some fine food there to this day. It remains a social hub, a place for connection and interaction.
- Historic Timeline of Leadenhall: take a look at the details on the link, Leadenhall dates back to Roman origins of the nearby Thames Bridge in AD40, it became established as a market larger than Trafalgar Square from as early as the first century
Take a look at some further links on Architecture in Intriguing History and a great image by Will Pearson of Leadenhall
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