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Billingsgate, London

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Billingsgate Fish Market is located in Poplar in London. It is the United Kingdom's largest inland fish market. It takes its name from Billingsgate, a ward in the south-east corner of the City of London, where the riverside market was originally established. In its original location in the 19th century, Billingsgate was the largest fish market in the world.
City of LondonBillingsgate Wharf, close to Lower Thames Street, became the centre of a fish market during the 16th and 17th centuries but did not become formally established until an Act of Parliament in 1699.
In 1850, the market according to Horace Jones, "consisted only of shed buildings... The open space on the north of the well-remembered Billingsgate Dock was dotted with low booths and sheds, with a range of wooden houses with a piazza in front on the west, which served the salesmen and fishmongers as shelter, and for the purposes of carrying on their trade." In that year the market was rebuilt to a design by J.B. Bunning, the City architect.
Bunning's buildings was soon found to be insufficient for the increased trade, and in 1872 the Corporation obtained an Act to rebuild and enlarge the market, which was done to plans by Bunning's successor as City architect Sir Horace Jones. The new site covered almost twice the area of the old, incorporating Billingsgate Stairs and Wharf and Darkhouse Lane. Work began in 1874, and the new market was opened by the Lord Mayor on 20 July 1877. The new buildings, Italianate in style, had on their long frontages towards Thames Street the river, a pedimented centre and continuous arcade, flanked at each end by a pavilion tavern. The general market, on a level with Thames Street, had an area of about 30,000 square feet, and was covered with louvre glass roofs, 43ft high at the ridge. A gallery 30ft wide was allocated to the sale of dried fish, while the basement, served as a market for shellfish.
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  • Here you buy seafood in bulk at discounted price. Personal favourite are the king scollap and salmon. Be aware of the opening hours though as it only opens in early morning and also close full day on ...  more »
  • Billingsgate derives its name form being the City's original water gate and is one of 25 Wards of the City of London. This small city ward is situated on the north bank of the River Thames, between Lo...  more »
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  • Best place in london to get your fish. Or shrimp. Or lobster... Choice is great, prices are low, and only drawback it's real early morning market. No point to come after 8 am and for best results come before 6 am. And don't forget cash!
  • Cool place to buy wholesale fresh and frozen fish. Lot of vendors and many different types of fishs to choose from. Highly recommend ...
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