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Spitalfields, London

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Spitalfields is a former parish in the borough of Tower Hamlets, partly in Central London and partly in the East End of London, near to Liverpool Street station and Brick Lane. The Liberty of Norton Folgate and the neighbouring Liberty of the Old Artillery Ground were merged into Spitalfields in 1921.The area straddles Commercial Street and is home to several markets, including the historic Old Spitalfields Market, Brick Lane Market and Cheshire Street. Petticoat Lane Market lies on the area's south-western boundaries.ToponymyThe name Spitalfields appears in the form Spittellond in 1399; as The spitel Fyeld on the "Woodcut" map of London of c.1561; and as Spyttlefeildes, also in 1561. The land belonged to St Mary Spital, a priory or hospital erected on the east side of the Bishopsgate thoroughfare in 1197, and the name is thought to derive from this. An alternative, and possibly earlier, name for the area was Lolsworth.
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  • This is one of the neighborhoods to do mandatory when you come to London .... Especially for its young designer market and these world food stalls to take a break already ... we walk with pleasure ... we flank in this neighborhood that mixes old facades and modern skyscrapers .. We also do the sales with stores of emblematic English brands, not always given but at least for the pleasure of the eyes.
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  • Was here yesterday for a Lindy Hop Swing dance event under the sails here at the market organised by Swing Patrol in memory of Frankie Manning’s birthday so this was a free event to the public and dan...  more »
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