Chrisp Street Market

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Chrisp Street Market
Chrisp Street market, under the canopy - geograph.org.uk - 864361.jpg
The market stalls are located under a canopy
Location Poplar, Tower Hamlets, Greater London
Coordinates 51°30′45″N 0°00′52″W / 51.5125°N 0.0144°W / 51.5125; -0.0144Coordinates: 51°30′45″N 0°00′52″W / 51.5125°N 0.0144°W / 51.5125; -0.0144
Address Chrisp Street
Opening date 1951 (relocated from street)
Management Tower Hamlets London Borough Council
Owner Poplar HARCA
Architect Frederick Gibberd
Environment Covered
Goods sold General goods
Days normally open Monday–Saturday
Number of tenants 80
Website www.chrispstreet.org.uk

Chrisp Street Market was the first purpose-built pedestrian shopping area in the UK. It is located in Poplar in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and forms part of the eastern edge of the Lansbury Estate. It features a prominent clock tower, shops, small retail outlets, cafes, market stalls and apartments. There are 80 market stalls.

History[edit]

Chrisp Street Market was designed by Frederick Gibberd, and built as part of the Festival of Britain in 1951. Since 1997 it has been in a conservation area.[1]

In the 1990s, the London Docklands Development Corporation contributed £1.3 million to refurbishment of the market area.[2]

In the early 2000s Chrisp St Library was closed and replaced with a larger 'Idea Store' designed by David Adjaye, a place for lifelong learning with computers and rooms for community use.[3]

The Tower Hamlets London Borough Council transferred ownership of the shopping arcades along with the rest of the Lansbury Estate to Poplar HARCA, a locally based housing association, in 2006. This association commissioned architects to draw up a master plan for the market.[4]

As of 2015 the commercial properties are managed by Capital Properties (UK) Ltd,[5] while the market stalls remain under the management of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.[6]

Dining[edit]

East End of London favourites such as pie and mash are available alongside Chinese and Indian food outlets. Chrisp St Market also hosts "Bite", a monthly street food market taking place on the last Friday of each month.[7]

Transport[edit]

Trains[edit]

The market is served by All Saints and Langdon Park DLR stations.

Buses[edit]

London Buses Routes 15, 115, D6, 309, D8 and Night Route N15 serve the market.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chrisp Street regeneration proposals". Tower Hamlets. 7 October 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2015. para 8.5 
  2. ^ "Completion booklet". LDDC. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Jeff Chu (2009). "Feature: David Adjaye". Fast Company. Archived from the original on 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2010-12-08. 
  4. ^ Architects' master plans at the Wayback Machine (archived July 8, 2011) including Chrisp Street Market at pages 13-14. Casey Fierro, 2009.
  5. ^ Capital Properties (UK) Ltd
  6. ^ Chrisp Street Market, National Market Traders Federation. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  7. ^ Bite Street Food, Chrisp St Market, April 2015

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