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Opening of Columbia Fish Market, Bethnal Green

5 March 1870 (published)
Place of origin

Cutting from an illustrated newspaper depicting Columbia Fish Market.

Object details
Object type
Materials and techniques
wood engraving
Brief description
'Opening of Columbia Fish Market, Bethnal Green', cutting from an illustrated newspaper, wood engraving by after Godefroy Durand, 5 March 1870
Physical description
Cutting from an illustrated newspaper depicting Columbia Fish Market.
  • Height: 9.5in
  • Width: 13.5in
Dimensions taken from departmental handlist
Credit line
Given by the Hon. Arthur Villiers
Object history
Columbia Market was established in 1869 by philanthropist Angela Burdett-Coutts as a covered food market with 400 stalls, along with housing for the stallholders, in an effort to regenerate the surrounding area (the notorious 'Devil's Acre'). It was turned into a fish market in 1870, with stocks from William Burdett-Coutts' fleet in the North Sea, but competition from Billingsgate Market meant that it never prospered. The market closed in 1886, and the Gothic building that housed it was demolished in 1958.

This object was part of the John Edmund Gardner collection of topographical prints and drawings of London. After Gardner's death the collection passed to his son Edmund Thomas, but was sold to Edward Coates MP in 1910. The collection was sold again in 1923 after Coates' death, and was split between various institutions and private collectors. The portion connected with Hoxton, Homerton, Hackney and Bethnal Green was bought by the Hon. Arthur Villiers and donated to the Bethnal Green Museum.
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Bibliographic reference
Taken from departmental handlist
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Record createdJune 30, 2009
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