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‘The Streets for the People: London’s street markets 1850-1939’

Kelley, Victoria (2015) ‘The Streets for the People: London’s street markets 1850-1939’. Urban History. ISSN ISSN: 0963-9268

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Kelley, Victoria

This article analyses London's street markets in the years between 1850 and 1939. It shows how this was a period of significant growth for street markets, with both steeply increasing numbers of markets and a steady increase in the number of stalls overall. These markets were informal and unauthorized for much of the period under discussion; the administrative/local government context was complex, and competing authorities (the City of London, London County Council, metropolitan boroughs and national government) hesitated in regulating the organic growth of street market trading, while also recognizing the contribution it made to bringing cheap food and commodities to the population of London. It will be argued that the street market, far from being merely the survival of a primitive form of retail, flourished in response to modernity in London. It should be analysed alongside other developing forms of retail, and considered for its contribution to the culture and material culture of the city.

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Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Cambridge Journals
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 8 June 2015
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1017/S0963926815000231
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2015 10:01
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2015 10:01
Item ID: 8164
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/8164

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