Queen's Crescent Market

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Queen's Crescent Market
Location Kentish Town, Camden, Greater London
Coordinates 51°32′56″N 0°09′12″W / 51.5488°N 0.1534°W / 51.5488; -0.1534Coordinates: 51°32′56″N 0°09′12″W / 51.5488°N 0.1534°W / 51.5488; -0.1534
Address Queen's Crescent
Management Camden London Borough Council
Owner Camden London Borough Council
Environment Outdoor
Goods sold General goods
Days normally open Thursday, Saturday
Number of tenants 90+
Website Via Camden Council?

Queen's Crescent Market is one of London's oldest street markets, and is still held every Thursday and Saturday on Queen's Crescent in Kentish Town, Camden. The market sells food, discounted clothing and a wide variety of household products. It has capacity for more than 90 stalls.[1]

Many traders run stalls that have been passed from generation to generation. This is in contrast to the nearby and considerably more famous Camden markets, which primarily attract tourists and those from other parts of London (Inverness Street Market was a traditional produce market in Camden Town for a century, but in 2013 the last produce stall closed, leaving only tourist stalls like the other Camden markets[2][3]). Aesthetically Queen's Crescent market is a mixture, with pretty plain white houses sitting side by side with large council estates, some of which sit in beautifully landscaped grounds.

The market had been run by Camden Council until 2013, when it was transferred to Queen's Crescent Community Association (QCCA), a not-for-profit charity.[4] In 2015 there were disagreements over the cost of rubbish removal, cleaning and repairs, leaving the QCCA with what it called impossible bills; after negotiations collapsed, the QCCA handing back the market's management to the council.

As of the end of 2015 the future of the market was in doubt,[5] with comments that the council had "condemned Queen's Crescent Market to a lingering death".[6] Traders, and customers, were abandoning the market.

In May 2016 the market continued, but was much reduced, with traders reduced from 50 a few years earlier to 22. The decline has been blamed on higher charges by the council.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Queens Crescent Market". National Market Traders Federation. Retrieved 16 November 2013.  As of May 2016 Queen's Crescent Market was no longer included in the Market Traders Federation list.
  2. ^ "Camden's oldest market in Inverness Street 'could go under'". Camden New Journal. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Fruit & veg to be missed". Camden New Journal. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  4. ^ RICHARD OSLEY (27 August 2015). "Future of Queen's Crescent Market in doubt as managers quit". Camden New Journal. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Camden Council Web site, Haverstock and Gospel Oak Area Action Group Meeting on Queen’s Crescent Market, with attendance of Camden councillors. "Notes of meeting held on 17 December 2016, 7pm to 8pm" (error, date was 17 December 2015).
  6. ^ JAMES WAITE (Chair, Gospel Oak Business Group), TOM YOUNG, VAL STEVENSON, and CHRIS FAGG (31 December 2015). "Letter from management of the Gospel Oak Business Group: Volunteers are still working hard to keep Queen's Crescent Market alive". Camden New Journal. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  7. ^ JOHN GULLIVER (5 May 2016). "Mick, the heart of the market". Camden NewJournal. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 

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