Leadenhall Market: City of London, UK.


London, United Kingdom

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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

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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