Leadenhall Market: City of London, UK. by DonDavisUK
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Leadenhall Market City of London, UK.
Famous for more than Harry Potter:-) Check out the history of Leadenhall Market below.
Right in the heart of the City of London’s Banking and Commercial district is an old market that’s still thriving today; Leadenhall.

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Saturday photo shoot
My wife and I took a tour of London on Saturday. She is very patient:-) First it was the Monument, then the Gherkin and on the way we discovered Leadenhall Market. What a great place it is, but we were surprised by the lack of people on a Saturday Afternoon, not even tourists seemed to be visiting the City {financial district}… But on the other side of the river in Borough Market you couldn’t move it was jam packed with people:-) A great day out.

Camera Nikon D700 with 28-300mm Nikon Lense. ISO 500, 1/25th Sec, f/6.3, at 28mm. App Priority, Handheld.

Leadenhall Market
AD40 Evidence of the First London Bridge built by the Romans with a settlement to the north of the river and in Lambeth.

1st Century City of Londinium flourishes around the area we know as the monument.

Late in the first century, a basilica (law courts) and forum (market place) built on where Leadenhall Market stands today. It is the largest such site North of the Alps and occupied an area bigger than that of Trafalgar Square.

Dark Ages After the Romans left, much of London was left in ruins and little is known of its history throughout the Dark Ages.

1300-1400 It is not until 1309 where the Manor of Leadenhall is first listed, as belonging to Sir
Hugh Neville.

By 1321, the area around Leadenhall manor is a known meeting place for poulterers.
They are joined, in 1397 by cheesemongers.

1400-1600 In 1411 the site is acquired by Richard Whittington, the mayor of London. The site
grows in importance as a granary and a chapel are built to service those coming to the market.

In 1463, the beam for the tronage and weighing of wool is fixed at Leadenhall market, signigying its importance as a centre for commerce. In 1488 it is decided that leather is sold only from Leadenhall Market.

1600-1800 In 1622, cutlery is made available only from Leadenhall Market.

The Great Fire of 1666 destroys much of the City of London, including parts of the
market. When it is rebuilt not long after, it becomes a covered structure for the first time and is divided into the Beef Market, the Green Yard and the Herb Market.

1800-1900 The building is knocked down again in 1881 and redesigned by Sir Horace Jones
(architect of Billingsgate and Smithfield Markets). Wrought iron and glass replace the previous stone structure.

1900-2000 In 1991, Leadenhall Market was extensively restored

2000-Today
Hollywood notices the charms of Leadenhall in 2001 when it is used as Diagon Alley in
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

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Comments

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 4 years ago

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful pov and colours Don

  • Hi Audrey, thanks for that. My wife and I took a tour of London on Saturday. She is very patient:-) First it was the Monument, then the Gherkin and on the way we discovered Leadenhall Market. What a great place it is, but we were surprised by the lack of people on a Saturday Afternoon, not even tourists seemed to be visiting the City {financial district}… But on the other side of the river in Borough Market you couldn’t move it was jam packed with people:-) A great day out.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 4 years ago

    Good capture and interesting information Don …

  • Hi Tom, fished the info from the internet, but it’s an interesting place.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Karen Martin
    Karen Martinalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely image – This is a wonderful place to look round – especially on a Saturday!!

  • Didn’t see you there Karen, but it would have been great to bump into you. My wife and I took a tour of London on Saturday. She is very patient:-) First it was the Monument, then the Gherkin and on the way we discovered Leadenhall Market. What a great place it is, but we were surprised by the lack of people on a Saturday Afternoon, not even tourists seemed to be visiting the City {financial district} We stopped for a bite to eat in a restaurant by London Bridge … But back on the South side, on the other side of the river in Borough Market you couldn’t move it was jam packed with people:-) A great day out.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Bonnie Robert
    Bonnie Robertalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous photo & fantastic colors Don. Love it!!

  • Hey there Bonnie, many thanks for that my friend. So did we, I didn’t even know it existed until Saturday we found it on the way to the Gherkin:-)

    – DonDavisUK

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkialmost 4 years ago

    What a beautiful and colourful building,shame they allow cars to park in there

  • Hey there Hans, I think they were all working on the Christmas decorations.

    – DonDavisUK

  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful picture, Don! Great colours!

  • Hi David, thanks for that mate. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 4 years ago

    What a wonderful market, Don. Great capture and an amazing history. It must be a real treat to wander around.

  • Hi Mike, I didn’t even know it existed until Saturday when we just happened to pass through on the way to the Gherkin, which is what I was out to capture.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 4 years ago

    Saw this in my feed and just HAD to look – it’s a stunning image, Don. You aced this one. Fabulous history here too. Cheers.

  • Hi Wendi, many thanks my friend. We loved this place and found it by chance. I was on the way to capture the Gherkin:-) Wonderful what you discover in London…

    – DonDavisUK

  • Gramia97
    Gramia97almost 4 years ago

    very cool, great info.

  • Many thank Debbie, all the best, Don.

    – DonDavisUK

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