A Fish Auction in Columbia Market
In 1869 Baroness Burdett-Coutts paid for the building of the great Columbia Market (for fish) between Hackney and Bethnal Green Roads on the site of Nova Scotia Gardens, a squalid area of tenements and hovels and dust heaps. The cost of building the market was estimated at 200, 000. It was a philanthropic enterprise to make a clearance of the slum dwellings which clustered so thickly in the area but also to help the local people to have supplies of cheap fresh produce. Lack of support from wholesalers and small traders who preferred the open streets ensured its failure and it closed in 1885 and eventually became a bit of a white elephant and was demolished between 1958 and 1966"
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
Washington DC, USA - Library of Congress Mural - Jason
Washington DC, USA - Mural Painting - The Greek Heroes by Walter McEwen (1860-1943). Found in the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building. Jason. Enlisting the Argonauts into the Quest for the Golden the Golden Fleece. Date: 1920
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
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