Columbia Road Flower Market, London

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Columbia Road Flower Market is a street market in East London, England. Columbia Road is a road of Victorian shops off Hackney Road in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The market is open on Sundays only.HistoryColumbia Market was built upon an area known as Nova Scotia Gardens. This had been a brick field, north-east of St Leonard's, Shoreditch, the brick clay had been exhausted and the area begun to be filled in with waste (leystall). Cottages (probably evolving from sheds, serving the gardens), came to be built here, but were undesirable as they remained below ground level, and so were prone to flooding.London Burkers In July 1830, John Bishop and Thomas Williams rented no. 3 Nova Scotia Garden, from a Sarah Trueby. Together with Michael Shields, a Covent Garden porter, and James May, also known as Jack Stirabout and Black Eyed Jack, they formed a notorious gang of Resurrection men, stealing freshly buried bodies for sale to anatomists. On 7 November 1831 the suspiciously fresh corpse of a 14-year-old boy was delivered, by these men, to the King's College School of Anatomy, in the Strand. Joseph Sadler Thomas, a superintendent of police, searched the cottages at Nova Scotia Gardens, and found items of clothing in a well in one of the gardens, and also in one of the privies, suggesting multiple murders. The Resurrection men were arrested, and by an extraordinary arrangement, the police opened the premises for viewing, charging 5 shillings. The public carried away the dwelling, piece by piece, as souvenirs. Bishop and Williams were hanged at Newgate on 5 December 1831 for the murder. The police had tentatively identified the body as that of Carlo Ferrari, an Italian boy, from Piedmont, but at their trial Bishop and Williams admitted it to be that of a Lincolnshire cattle drover, on his way to Smithfield.
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  • What a lovely market, such a variety of lovely flowers. Very busy but the market traders are very helpful and knowledgeable. Quaint coffee shops around too.  more »
  • I went there the first time on a nice and sunny Sunday. Having read the reviews before I was a bit scared that it is so crowded that we can't even go through the market. It is a short walk from Hoxton...  more »
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  • Lovely place to spend the weekend. Either alone or with friend and family. Various types of flowers, plants and lovely cafes bars restaurants to chill and enjoy the day on Sunday’s. Few musicians play their songs on corners of the streets really nice addition and brings a nice vibe. If all is closed and not much to do make your way to brick lane market for some food feast 😅😆
  • Extremely crowded place, so definitely recommend going there with a whole morning to spend. Other than that the area offers an awesome combination of permanent vintagy stores with the pop up flower shops for the Market. Went to almost every single one and took my time, and I can say the variation of plants is great!! The permanent stores also compliment your plant/flower shopping experience, which is great if you are looking for a cool corner to help you design and decorate your apartment/house.
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