Whitechapel Market

Whitechapel has historically always had a market in its High Street, opposite the London Hospital, and described by Walter Besant as selling books, boots, shoes, birdcages and caps, but now mainly occupied by Indian textiles and fruit and vegetable stalls, interspersed by beds, cheap scent and hardware:-


8 thoughts on “Whitechapel Market

  1. DEREK MORRIS says:

    In the 18th century the Whitechapel Hay Market was said to be the largest in England – taking advantage of the wide Great Essex Road but still causing parking problems with the hay wains.
    Derek Morris

  2. Jocelyn says:

    What fantastic colors combined with superb composition. I’m looking at these on my IPad, and zoomed into the pic of the peppers until it completely filled the screen. That is an extraordinary shot of a single color. If I wasn’t familiar with your photography, I would think you purposely arranged the peppers yourself, but I know better. I especially appreciate the way the yellow peppers move the eye across the pic starting with the one at the bottom, then going to the top left and across from bowl to bowl. Thank you once again for sharing your walks on your blog.

    All the best,

  3. DEREK MORRIS says:

    By the 1750s the Whitechapel market had spread along the south side of the High Street, from Red Lyon Street, at the northern end of Leman Street, to the eastern boundary of the Liberty of the City of London, a distance of several hundred yards.

    In 1782 the report on parking problems in the Whitechapel Hay Market suggested that:

    At the west end of the High Street, at the boundary with the City of London, four Carts or Waggons Loaded with Hay shall be placed and stand with the shafts westward towards Aldgate High Street…, and four other Carts or Waggons loaded with Hay shall stand in Reverse Manner with the shafts towards Whitechapel Church.

    The Plan went on to describe the exact location for one hundred and nine carts. They were to be parked along the centre of the High Street in such a way that the distance of eighteen feet shall be left on each side for Carriages … to pass and re-pass. The final layout placed the carts into thirteen groups with the number of carts in a group varying between six carts and twelve, depending on the width of the High Street which widened to the east. Gaps of twenty-two feet were to be left between the groups and in one case twenty-eight feet.
    The Hay Market continued into the 1920s but I do not know how extensive it was then.

    Derek Morris

  4. How right Jocelyn is – your photography gets better and better, It’s worth an exhibition on its own and/or a book by Harry Pearce / Pentagram like his amazing EATING WITH THE EYES,

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