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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  • If you are in this area I highly recommend taking the time to visit and spend an hour just walking up and down the streets. Not only are the flowers beautiful, but the shops along the street carry som...  more »
  • Beautiful open market with a variety of amazing flowers and plants. A must-see place for those who enjoy seeing flowers.
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  • A beautiful environment to be in on a Sunday. Beautiful fresh flowers and great prices! I got two orchids for £5! The other flowers and plants were extremely affordable and I will definitely be back when I have an official house to become the plant lady I've always wanted to be. I expected there to be more stall but there was no lacking in options. The stores around were also very pretty so made the whole experience very enjoyable. Just remember to bring cash as most of the stall and surrounding shops don't accept card!
  • Great flower market held on Sundays. Not just flowers, shrubs and general plants as well as an excellent tree Fern stall. We go there a couple of times a year and always come away with something. Plants and flowers are good value and there's lots of places to stop off and have a coffee or a snack. Recommended
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