Acrylic Fridge Magnet of Covent Garden Market in London, United Kingdom
This is a useful souvenir, an acrylic fridge magnet of Covent Garden Market in London in the United Kingdom. The market first started in 1654 when a group of market traders set up stalls against the garden wall of Bedford House. The Earl of Bedford then acquired a private charter from Charles II in 1670 for a fruit and vegetable market, permitting a market every day except Sundays and Christmas Day. The original market, consisting of wooden stalls and sheds, became disorganized and disorderly, and in 1830 the neo-classical market building seen today was designed and constructed. Later buildings were added—the Floral hall, Charter Market, and in 1904 the Jubilee Market for foreign flowers. By the late 1960s, traffic congestion caused by large lorries delivering goods prompted redevelopment. Protests from the Covent Garden Community Association in 1973 prompted the Home Secretary, Robert Carr, to give dozens of buildings around the square to the market preventing the need for redevelopment. The following year the market relocated to its new site, New Covent Garden Market, about three miles (5 km) south-west at Nine Elms. In 1980 the central building re-opened as a shopping centre, with cafes, pubs, small shops and a craft market called the Apple Market.
The Covent Garden Market Today
Covent Garden's nineteenth-century Piazza is now home to three bustling markets that sell everything from handbags to crafts. The Apple Market sells British arts, crafts, jewellery and antiques. The East Colonnade Market is open every day and has a variety of stalls, from hand-made soap, jewellery, handbags and belts, hand-knitted children's clothing, a magician's stall, sweets, artwork and homewares. In the South Piazza, the Jubilee Market changes its stalls daily. On Mondays, the market is dedicated to antiques. From Tuesday to Friday, a general market operates with traders selling clothes and household goods and on weekends the market offers arts and crafts.