Old Spitalfields Market is in Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, just outside the City of London and is in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The closest tube and national rail station is Liverpool Street.
There has been a market on the site since 1638 but the current buildings date from 1887 when it was used as a wholesale market. That wholesale market was moved in 1991 allowing the current buildings to be used for retail purposes.
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Adjacent to Spitalfields Market is Bishops Square, a modern commercial development, but don't dismiss it out of hand just because it's modern as It does feature some interesting ancient history.
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In Artillery Lane are these two shop fronts dating from the early 1700s which are among some of the oldest shops in London.
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St. Helen's Church, in its current form dates from the 13th century when permission to establish a nunnery in the grounds of the Priory church of St Helen was given. A new church was built for the nuns to use immediately alongside the older church.
The new church was wider and longer than the existing church so the parish church was lengthened to match. This effectively formed a church with two naves which is what we see today.
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