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East Building of Central Market, City of London

Description: East Building of Central Market

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 5 June 1972
English Heritage Building ID: 199819

OS Grid Reference: TQ3187881780
OS Grid Coordinates: 531878, 181780
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5196, -0.1006

Location: 91 Charterhouse Street, Islington, Greater London EC1M 6 EC1A 7BE

Locality: City of London
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: EC1A 7BE

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Listing Text

TQ 3181 NE
2/10 East Building of
Central Market


Meat market. 1868 by Horace Jones, City Architect. Red brick with Portland
stone dressings and corner towers; structural cast-iron to gateways and
interior; tipped Welsh slate roofs with double-thickness glass louvres to
lower half and louvred dormers to upper half of roof. Rectangular plan with
central through-road (Central Avenue) running north to south. French-Italian
Renaissance style. One storey. 36-bay north and south elevations x 6-bay
east and west elevations. North and south elevations: each have central cast-
iron elliptical-arched gateway to Central Avenue surmounted by pediment with
City Arms to scrolled cast-iron tympanum and flanked by coupled Doric pilasters
surmounted by large sitting statues of London, Edinburgh, Dublin and Liverpool.
Semi-circular arched recesses to flanking bays, with decorative cast-iron
grilles to tympanae and to square-headed windows with cornices and bracketed
cills, articulated by Doric pilasters to triglyph frieze and moulded cornice
surmounted by urns. Similar east and west elevations each have coupled Doric
pilasters flanking tall cast-iron gateway, with ornate tympanum to bracketed
pediment over semi-circular arch with City Arms. Two-storey corner pavilions:
coupled Doric pilasters to similar pedimented ground floor elevations with
City Arms set in foliat-carved tympanae flanked by stone griffins couchant;
octagonal upper stages have oculi set in shell architraves above plate-glass
sashes set in eared architraves, enriched tympanae and acroteria to pediments;
each have bell-shaped cupola tiled with decorative leaf-punched copper tiles
and surmounted by louvred wood lantern. Interior: Grand Avenue has 15-bay
queen-post roof with decorative spandrels to lateral and transverse arch
bracing, supported on cast-iron tie-beam and column assembly with foliate
capitals to columns and decorative spandrels to bracing; 10 original cast-iron
lanterns survive, attached to cast-iron brackets with decorative spandrels
projecting from wrought-iron screens with fleur-de-lys parapets; central bay
of each side has decorative wrought-iron gates each set beneath decorative
iron grille. Flanking market halls centres around lateral avenue with foliate
capitals to row of cast-iron columns supporting lattice girders with decorative
spandels to timber arch-braced trusses; other roofs have cast-iron columns
with octagonal capitals to simpler trusses without decorative spandrels.

Listing NGR: TQ3187881780

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Source: English Heritage

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