History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Historic medieval market on the site of a Roman forum and basilica
In 1488 Leadenhall Market was granted a monopoly for selling leather, and in 1622 cutlery was added as a monopoly to Leadenhall.
The Neville's mansion and the market buildings of Leadenhall were destroyed in the Great Fire of London. The market was rebuilt as three areas selling beef, herbs, and lamb related products, plus fish, poultry, and cheese.
In the early 1800s an enormous number of geese were sold from Leadenhall Market. One goose that achieved a measure of notoriety was 'Old Tom' a gander that survived the unfortunate end that met his fellows, and became a local celebrity, being feted and fed at all the local inns. When Old Tom finally died (of old age) in 1835 he lay in an open casket so that mourners could pay their last respects.
The stone market structure was replaced in 1881 by the current market building, a lovely cast iron and glass structure designed by Horace Jones. Under the glassed roof are cobbled alleys leading pasr colourfully painted retail shops.
The market is no longer specifically for game, meat, and poultry, but provides a more general retail environment, like a modern shopping centre in a more attractive historic environment.
The market was used as a location for Diagon Alley in the 2001 film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
About Leadenhall Market
Address: 1a Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street, London, Greater London, England, EC3V 1LT
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Nearest underground stations are Monument and Bank.
Website: Leadenhall Market
Leadenhall Market Photos
Nearest station: Monument - 0.2 miles (straight line) - Zone: 1
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