PhotoStories | The Old Lady of the City
Welcome to the old world charm of Leadenhall Market in the City of London.
Leadenhall Market is probably one of the oldest in the UK. Its origins (by virtue of its location, not the present physical form) can be traced back to – hold your breath – AD40! The market itself dates back to the 14th Century. Over the ages, it has taken several avatars under several rulers and periods and several reconstructions. It has gone from being a leather market to a cutlery market to the present day chic-apparel-cum-pub/cafe-hotspot. It was severely damaged in the Great fire of 1666 and rebuilt in the 1880s by Sir Horace Jones (prolific builder of markets around London at the time). The present building was last renovated completely in 1991 when the market was reopened for the general public in its modern avatar. But most of the old architectural detail has been conserved and enhanced further by the City of London council’s sensitive urban design interventions.
I think it’s a beautiful structure, made prettier by this year’s Christmas lights.
I cannot help but think of the analogy of tasteful jewellery on a wrinkled but beautiful old lady who stands in stark contrast to the young ‘uns around her, but outshines them with her old-worldly grace.
Coming up: A new series about a certain part of London that the urban designer/planner and history lover in me is completely in love with. Also, with this blog’s first birthday coming up in January, there is a lot that is about to happen on this blog! :)