Lamb Tavern, Leadenhall Market by Karen Martin

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The Lamb Tavern pub in Leadenhall Market in the City of London – on a Saturday afternoon there are very few people around, not even tourists..

’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.

In 1309 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.

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 cntre for commerce. In 1488 it is decided that leather is sold only from Leadenhall Market.

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.

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.

In 1991, Leadenhall Market was extensively restored.

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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  • Karen Martin
    Karen Martinalmost 6 years ago

    Thank you for looking

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 6 years ago
    A fabulous shot Karen and great perspective
  • John Edwards
    John Edwardsalmost 6 years ago

    A wonderful image Karen

  • blamo
    blamoalmost 6 years ago

    fantastic capture of historic london

  • DavidFrench
    DavidFrenchalmost 6 years ago

    Pity the pub was shut
    nice one

  • BlackLemonz
    BlackLemonzalmost 6 years ago

    Superb perspective Karen, looks a great place to photograph.

  • rodsfotos
    rodsfotosalmost 6 years ago

    Firstly, I’m amazed at how you managed to get this image without any of the normal crowds in the scene, a well thought out composition and you did a grand job on the perspective crop to get the verticals so perfect, the HDR effect is very good on this scene, really grabs the eye of the viewer and invites them to explore the scene that bit longer, well done indeed,
    Regards, Rod.

  • Van Cordle
    Van Cordlealmost 6 years ago


  • Jack McCabe
    Jack McCabealmost 6 years ago

    You got my “Thumbs up” award!

    I can dig it!

    I don’t think there is anything like this in the US.
    I wonder how they keep it clean!

  • Hertsman
    Hertsmanover 5 years ago

    This is a wonderful image Karen

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