London 2013: Spitalfields

Spitalfields is a popular East End neighborhood located near the old Bishopsgate entrance to the City of London and just southeast of Shoreditch, southwest of Bethnal Green, north of Aldgate and northwest of Whitechapel.  It got its name from an old hospital built in the 12th century named St Mary’s.

All of the victims murdered by Jack the Ripper in the 1880s lived in Spitalfields and two were murdered there. The rest were murdered in nearby Whitechapel. Ten Bells, the pub where Jack is reputed to have frequented and where one of his victims walked the street right outside is still in business on the corner of Commercial and Fournier Streets.

The Central Line was down for the weekend and so on Saturday morning, September 28th,  we took the overground National Railways train to Liverpool Street Station and then walked a couple of blocks to Spitalfields Market. On our way past Bishop Square we spotted this goat on top of three packing crates.

I Goat by Kenny Hunter.

I Goat by Kenny Hunter.

An artist named Kenny Hunter won the Spitalfields Sculpture Prize 2010. I Goat was erected in October of that year and was officially opened in January 2011 and supposed to stay up for 18 months.  It’s still there.  The goat is supposed to commemorate the waves of immigrants who came to this part of London during the last three hundred years.

The Spitalfields Market is rated # 13 of 415 shopping areas in London. It seems to cater to the under 30 crowd as the majority of people who live in neighboring areas are in this age group.

There’s also a market called Petticoat Lane a few blocks south and the Backyard Market next to an old brewery on Brick Lane is a few blocks to the east.

My wife decided to shop here for a spell and so I strolled over to Brick Lane to get some shots of the street art in that neighborhood. On my return I found a bar that served Meantime beers and so I had a cold pilsner while watching a few games of table tennis nearby.

On my way to find my wife I came across this fashion display. She found me taking this picture:

Traffic Peoples display inside Spitalfields Market.

Traffic Peoples display inside Spitalfields Market.

There are a number of skyscrapers in the Bishopsgate area. Here are a couple of shots I took of the city scenery on our way back from Spitalfields Market to Liverpool Street Station.

View from Crispin Street near the Spitalfields Market.

View from Crispin Street near the Spitalfields Market.

View of Financial Center skyscrapers just inside the City of London near Bishopsgate. The cigar-shaped building on the left is called The Gherkin.

View of Financial Center skyscrapers just inside the City of London near Bishopsgate. The cigar-shaped building on the left is called The Gherkin.

In the next couple of postings I will show you some of the photos I took of Brick Lane and some of its side streets.

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About crowcanyonjournal

I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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