Billingsgate Market, London Architecture, Richard Rogers Building, Lower Thames Street
Billingsgate Market : Building
Historic Architecture in City of London, England, UK – design by Richard Rogers
23 Jun 2007
Billingsgate Securities Market
Location: 16 Lower Thames Street, City of London
Design: Richard Rogers Partnership
Billingsgate Fish Market
Grade II listed
In its original location in the 19th century, Billingsgate was the largest fish market in the world.
Billingsgate Securities Market architects : Richard Rogers Partnership
In 1850, the market according to Horace Jones, “consisted only of shed buildings … The open space on the north of the well-remembered Billingsgate Dock was dotted with low booths and sheds, with a range of wooden houses with a piazza in front on the west, which served the salesmen and fishmongers as shelter, and for the purposes of carrying on their trade.” In that year the market was rebuilt to a design by J.B. Bunning, the City architect.
Bunning’s buildings was soon found to be insufficient for the increased trade, and in 1872 the Corporation obtained an Act to rebuild and enlarge the market, which was done to plans by Bunning’s successor as City architect Sir Horace Jones. The new site covered almost twice the area of the old, incorporating Billingsgate Stairs and Wharf and Darkhouse Lane. Work began in 1874, and the new market was opened in 1877. The new Italianate style buildings had on their long frontages towards Thames Street the river, a pedimented centre and continuous arcade, flanked at each end by a pavilion tavern.
The general market, on a level with Thames Street, had an area of about 30,000 sqft, and was covered with louvre glass roofs, 43 feet high at the ridge. A gallery 30 feet wide was allocated to the sale of dried fish, while the basement, served as a market for shellfish.
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Location:16 Lower Thames Street, London, UK
Buildings close by:
London City Hall
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photo © Nick Weall
Swiss Re Building – 30 St Mary Axe
Foster + Partners
picture © Adrian Welch
New Billingsgate Market:
Address: Trafalgar Way, Poplar, London E14 5ST
Phone: 020 7987 1118
photo from Olympic Delivery Authority
London Olympics Velodrome
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