Anyone who has visited Covent Garden Market in Central London in the last twenty-five years or more will be aware that it is now a place of street performers, trendy small shops, popular pubs and restaurants, and is normally packed full of tourists. But it was originally a market specialising in the wholesale of fruits and vegetables and fresh flowers. I found this series of photos online, all taken by a keen photographer, Clive Boursnell.
The main Market Hall.
‘Clive Boursnell’s photos of Old Covent Garden Market, captured between 1968 and 1974, are a marvel to behold, his beautifully observed reportage capturing the myriad sights, characters and details making up central London’s main market in its final years.’
All images © Clive Boursnell
A porter rushing by with a heavily laden barrow. Clive caught his speed by blurring the image.
A trader talking to his horse. The horse seems to like him.
Two female market workers.
A trendy young couple with boxes of flowers.
A dandy of a man with his Dalmatian dog.
This local nun was shopping for flowers.
A tired-looking woman sitting next to her wares.
This dapper trader reads his newspaper as he waits for the next customer.
Two women in identical cardigans tying heather into bunches. They are probably East European or Gypsies, and would sell the heather on the streets.
A smart modern woman ties up her flower boxes.
This dealer’s display was sure to catch the eye of shoppers.