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Tower Hamlets: Markets

Markets have always been busy places where people can meet friends and find a bargain! The pictures are starting points for discovery. Use the question or instruction for each picture to help get you started.

Columbia Market Hall


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Columbia Market Hall, 1914

In 1864 a market square was built in Columbia Road. The square included shops, stalls and flats. The market traders hated it and soon went back to the street market. Here children use the square as a playground.

What do you think of the idea of the market square?