Columbia Road Flower Market, London

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Columbia Road Flower Market is a street market in East London, England. Columbia Road is a road of Victorian shops off Hackney Road in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The market is open on Sundays only.HistoryColumbia Market was built upon an area known as Nova Scotia Gardens. This had been a brick field, north-east of St Leonard's, Shoreditch, the brick clay had been exhausted and the area begun to be filled in with waste (leystall). Cottages (probably evolving from sheds, serving the gardens), came to be built here, but were undesirable as they remained below ground level, and so were prone to flooding.London Burkers In July 1830, John Bishop and Thomas Williams rented no. 3 Nova Scotia Garden, from a Sarah Trueby. Together with Michael Shields, a Covent Garden porter, and James May, also known as Jack Stirabout and Black Eyed Jack, they formed a notorious gang of Resurrection men, stealing freshly buried bodies for sale to anatomists. On 7 November 1831 the suspiciously fresh corpse of a 14-year-old boy was delivered, by these men, to the King's College School of Anatomy, in the Strand. Joseph Sadler Thomas, a superintendent of police, searched the cottages at Nova Scotia Gardens, and found items of clothing in a well in one of the gardens, and also in one of the privies, suggesting multiple murders. The Resurrection men were arrested, and by an extraordinary arrangement, the police opened the premises for viewing, charging 5 shillings. The public carried away the dwelling, piece by piece, as souvenirs. Bishop and Williams were hanged at Newgate on 5 December 1831 for the murder. The police had tentatively identified the body as that of Carlo Ferrari, an Italian boy, from Piedmont, but at their trial Bishop and Williams admitted it to be that of a Lincolnshire cattle drover, on his way to Smithfield.
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  • A most enjoyable outing with flowers and plants galore...and an atmosphere which rocks...vendors equally colourful and characters in their own right! Rather crowded so be careful of your wallets, purs...  more »
  • I love coming here every now and then to buy some beautiful flowers either for myself or a gift! It is always very busy so be prepared for crowds. Good choice of flowers. Love the hydrangeas in partic...  more »
  • This flower market could have so much more, such as stalls that sell flower pots.. someone could paint them and make a killing selling them. An idea for someone.... the few nearby shops that sell flow...  more »
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  • This place will make you understand the idiom ‘popularity is a sign of success’. Can’t blame it if being incredible popular. Great prices on plants and flowers and really helpful traders. When I say great prices I mean it. 2-4x cheaper than your local nursery. Unfortunately this means you can actually move at around 1pm when I visited. Strongly suggest trying to get here as early as possible.
  • Great place to get good deals on flowers and plants. Really pretty to walk down and great atmosphere. Only issue is that it is very cramped but too be expected as it is very famous. Touristy yet you can also find great deals to decorate your house with! Smaller than I was expecting, less than half an hour to walk down and view
  • A good way to spend your Sunday mornings (or even afternoons and evenings, the vendors will leave when they feel like leaving). A lot going on when the hoards flock together. Many vendors, some offering the same goods but it’s an enjoyable experience. Moreover, I guess with the competition literally inches away from you, your prices must stay competitive too.
  • Recommended arriving at 2pm. There is a bit less people, most plants are on offer before the market closes, the only downside is - less bagel selection at the Columbia Café. But for the service and cheap good coffee - I'd still recommend popping by
  • LOVE the flower market. Yes it is very very busy, but great value, great banter from the stall holders, wonderful variety of flowers and plants. Top tip: there's a guy who sells roses about halfway down (next to a stall that sells lots of bulbs), he nearly always has 20 cream roses for £5 or £7, they do really well and look wonderful.

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