The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3

Allen, Thomas


Fleet Market.


This market was proclaimed a free market on the of Sept- . The north end was improved about , by a good pavement and the erection of many convenient stalls, and the south end by remarkably elegant shops; but the centre part, with its pretty little spire, remains in its original state.

The market ceases at , whence Fleet-ditch continued open till , when it was entirely filled up, and the fine street


now called was erected. On the east side is a crescent, and at the south end next the bridge, the street expands into Chatham-place, so named in honour of William Pitt, earl of Chatham; a noble vista of houses, fit for the residence of men of the largest fortunes.

Facing at the north end is a handsome obelisk adorned with lamps, erected in .

The inconvenience of the situation of the present market for a long time attracted the attention of the corporation, and at length on the , an act of parliament was passed for the removal of Fleet-market and the erection of a new , to be situated on the west side of the present market, and extending to . Part of the new market is situated on St. Andrew's burying ground, a new having been provided by the corporation. The act provides

that the grave stones laid in the said burial ground of the parish of St. Andrew, shall be removed into, and put up and laid in such new burial ground as aforesaid, in such manner as the said lord bishop of London, for the time being, &c. shall direct,

at the expense of the corporation. And in order to protect the old burying ground from disturbance in future, it is enacted, «That before the new market place shall be opened and used as a public market, the site of the present burial ground shall be properly filled up, and levelled and paved over with Yorkshire pavement. The old market to be pulled down and cleared away as soon after the new market is opened as conveniently may be, and the street is to be called .

On the west side of is


[] Gent.'s Mag. vol. vii. p. 572.

[] Indeed it was a measure of necessity, from the accidents passengers were liable to. Tuesday the 11th Jan. 1758, a man was found in Fleet-ditch sanding upright and frozen. He appears to have been a barber at Bromley, in Kent, had come to town to see his children, and had unfortunately mistaken his way in the night, had slipt into the ditch, and being in liquor could not disentangle himself. Gent.«s Mag. vol. xxxiii. p 43.

[] 5 Geo. iv. cap. cli.

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 CHAPTER I: The site, extent, buildings, population, commerce, and a view of the progressive increase of London
 CHAPTER II: List of the parishes and churches in London, with their incumbents, &c
CHAPTER III: History and Topography of Aldersgate Ward
CHAPTER IV: History and Topography of Aldgate Ward
CHAPTER V: History and Topography of Bassishaw Ward
CHAPTER VI: History and Topography of Billingsgate Ward
CHAPTER VII: History and Topography of Bishopsgate Ward, Without and Within
CHAPTER VIII: History and Topography of Bread-street Ward
CHAPTER IX: History and Topography of Bridge Ward Within
CHAPTER X: History and Topography of Broad-street Ward
CHAPTER XI: History and Topography of Candlewick Ward
CHAPTER XII: History and Topography of Castle Baynard Ward
CHAPTER XIII: History and Topography of Cheap Ward
CHAPTER XIV: History and Topography of Coleman-street Ward
CHAPTER XV: History and Topography of Cordwainer's-street Ward
CHAPTER XVI: History and Topography of Cornhill Ward
CHAPTER XVII: History and Topography of Cripplegate Ward Within
CHAPTER XVIII: History and Topography of Cripplegate Yard Without
CHAPTER XIX: History and Topography of Dowgate Yard
CHAPTER XX: History and Topography of Farringdom Ward Within
CHAPTER XXI: History and Topography of Farringdon Ward Without
CHAPTER XXII: History and Topography of Langbourn Ward
CHAPTER XXIII: History and Topography of Lime-street Ward
CHAPTER XXIV: History and Topogrpahy of Portsoken Ward
CHAPTER XXV: History and Topography of Queenhithe Ward
CHAPTER XXVI: History and Topography of Tower Ward
CHAPTER XXVII: History and Topography of Vintry Ward
CHAPTER XXVIII: History and Topography of Wallbrook Ward