Leadenhall Market in the City of London
Barison referred to markets in London as always having an impact on Londons Built environment. She went onto say “Markets hold an historic place in the life of our towns and cities and play an important role in promoting their civic identity and regeneration” (Barison, S. 2012)
Markets have been used as a form of public space throughout every city as “markets are vital social spaces” (Dennis, 2008), but in particular London has always been notorious for its vibrant market culture for many centuries. Leadenhall market is only just one out of fifty-two markets that exist within the city of London, and is also one of the oldest as it was first founded as a market in the 1411.
With reference to the history of the market place within society the City of London website says “Leadenhall Market dates back to the 14th century and is situated in what was the centre of Roman London. Originally a meat, poultry and game market, it now features a variety of vendors as well as commercial shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs.” (cityoflondon.gov.uk, 2012)
As you can see from this map Leadenhall Market occupies quite a large space, spanning out onto the corners of Gracechurch St. Cornhill St. Leaden-hall St. and Lime St. This public space represents modernity within the city as the space is used for people to frequent in search of purchasing goods (usually clothing or live stock). This market space also allowed people who came to visit the opportunity to socialize with one another.
As you can see from the image above which was created between the 14th and 15th century showcases the people using this public space whom all seem to be dressed quite sophisticated, which tells us that in early 14th Century London, Leadenhall appealed to a high society and upper class clientele
This market has developed throughout the centuries where the shops that exist there today have slightly changed, but the infrastructure of the vibrant Victorian building remains the same to preserve the history of the market place and represent modernity within the city of London.
- Barison, S. (2012) Changing London: An historic city for a modern world. [Elctronic Source] http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/publications/changing-london-7/changinglondon-7.pdf Accessed 10 October 2014
- cityoflondon.gov.uk (2012) Leadenhall Market History [Electronic Source] http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/visiting-the-city/food-drink-and-shopping/leadenhall-market/Pages/Leadenhall-Market-history.aspx Accessed 9 October 2014
- Dennis, R. (2008) Cities in Modernity. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.