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Not only is Leadenhall Market the home to our newest London store, but it’s also one of London’s oldest commercial hubs dating back to Roman times. We’ve been looking into the history of this famous site. Discover our top 5 facts about Leadenhall Market below.
The market was founded in the 1300s and was originally owned by Sir Hugh Neville. In 1411, he sold the building, to Lord Mayor Rickard “Dick” Whittington before a fire destroyed the building in 1484 and was replaced by an open market. In 1488 the market was granted a monopoly for selling leather.
2.Great Fire Survivor
Unlike the rest of London, Leadenhall Market was largely unscathed during the Great Fire of 1666. Only a small section, the herb market, suffered damage.
During the 19th century, one of the most popular Leadenhall Market residents was Old Tom. He was a gander from Ostend in Belgium who managed to survive