Queens Road Market


Queens Road Market

Queens Road Market, locally known as Queen's or Green Street Market, is a historic street market in the London Borough of Newham. It lies adjacent to Green Street and Upton Park tube station.

The street market originated in Green Street at the boundary between East Ham and West Ham, in the late Victorian era, when the new suburb of East Ham began to be developed. Originally the stall holders were Jewish traders from Whitechapel and the East End, selling clothing and vegetables. The traders were pushed into Queens Road in 1904 to stop them obstructing the main road, and to allow for the passage of trams. It was not until 1925 that the borough obtained statutory powers to regulate street markets [ [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=42757 'West Ham: Markets and fairs, marshes and forest', A History of the County of Essex: Volume 6 (1973), pp. 93-6] accessed: 25 April 2007] .

The modern market is now largely covered, but remains ethnically diverse selling an eclectic mix of household objects and exotic vegetables. The market is closed Monday and Sunday, with half day closing on Wednesday.

From November 2006, in the face of a vigorous local campaign of opposition, Newham Council has proposed a redevelopment of the existing market site, including a supermarket and luxury housing above a much smaller covered market. [ [http://www.newham.gov.uk/Services/RegenerationProjects/AboutUs/queensmarket.htm Newham Regeneration project] accessed 25 Apr 2007]

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