Event    From 1898  To 1960

Columbia Market

In 1852, the area Novia Scotia Gardens being a notorious slum, Angela Burdett-Coutts bought it with the intention of developing healthy accommodation for the poor and a market for their use. However the refuse collector using part of the site had a lease until 1859.  Only then could Coutts could carry out her plan.

She had Columbia Market built as a covered food market with 400 stalls. But for various reasons it was not a success, and after being used as warehouse and workshops the market closed in 1886. Immediately east of the market Coutts also built the residential Columbia Dwellings, completed 1859-62, which had its own swimming pool and baths and a laundry, all designed by Henry Darbishire. The name 'Columbia' was chosen in recognition of the bishopric of British Columbia, founded by Burdett-Coutts in 1857.

Drawings and photos show some impressive buildings, but despite their quality they were condemned in 1958 and demolished in 1960. The modernist tower block Sivill House and other low-rise housing replaced the Coutts buildings. The new streets having names such as Old Market Square and Georgina Gardens.

Both this 1916 map and this 1895 map show the location very well. Using current street names: the development filled the site south of Baroness Road and north of Columbia Road. The market was between the eastern edge of the nursery school and the shortest N-S stump of Baroness Road. The residential blocks filled the space east of this stump of Baroness Road across to the N-S footpath in Ravenscroft Park.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Columbia Market

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Columbia Market air raid shelter memorial

In memory of those who lost their lives when a bomb penetrated the Columbia M...

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Loyal Temperance Legion

Loyal Temperance Legion

The children's branch of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, and still active in 2008 - we found the pledge with a link to join: "The Pledge: That I may give my best service to home and country...

Group, Children, Food & Drink, Religion

1 memorial
Tabard Inn

Tabard Inn

Set up by an abbot from Winchester to give his brethren somewhere to stay in London and to provide accomodation to pilgrims on their way to Canterbury, in particular Chaucer's pilgrims, who set off...

Building, Community / Clubs, Food & Drink, Literature

1 memorial
Mitre Tavern

Mitre Tavern

Fleet Street. This pub dates from Shakespeare's time. Johnson and Boswell often visited. It was pulled down in 1829 by Hoares to extend their bank.

Building, Commerce, Food & Drink

1 memorial
Garraways Coffee House

Garraways Coffee House

Garraway claimed to be the first to sell tea to the public, but not, as far as we can tell, at the Change Alley site, where he moved his coffee house after the Great Fire of 1666, replacing another...

Building, Community / Clubs, Food & Drink

2 memorials
Turk's Head Charity

Turk's Head Charity

From the Picture source website: "The Turk’s Head was bought from the Council and renovated by our charity in 1992. Now it provides a café and affordable workspace and the rental income pays our ch...

Group, Community / Clubs, Food & Drink

2 memorials