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Covent Garden Market Building, Westminster

Description: Covent Garden Market Building

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 24 February 1958
English Heritage Building ID: 209337

OS Grid Reference: TQ3036080894
OS Grid Coordinates: 530360, 180894
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5119, -0.1228

Location: Covent Garden, Westminster, London WC2E 7 WC2E 9DG

Locality: Westminster
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: WC2E 9DG

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Listing Text

Covent Garden market
24.2.58 building

G.V. II*

Former covered market buildings. 1828-30 by Charles Fowler. Granite,
stock brick and stucco, slate and glass roofs. Triple ranges in a
neo-classical composition. North and south elevations have 12 bay granite
monolith Doric colonnades flanking central 2 storey, pedimented Venetian
entrances, the ranges terminating in square 2 storey lodge pavilions with
pyramidal chimney-finialed lead roofs. The east end has a 4-deep Doric
column portico with balustraded terrace and a pediment gable decked with
urns and a sculptural group marking The Central Avenue: an arcade of
restored shops with mezzanine windows set in arcade, with 5 attic storey
lights, above each bay, set behind dwarf Doric columns, glazed roof on
kingpost trusses. The former open market spaces between the ranges were
roofed in 1874-75 and 1888-89 by Cubitt's with iron columns linked by
skeleton arches supporting semicircular trusses of glazed and slated roof
with open clerestory. The west front of the Central Avenue has a 5-bay
colonnade carrying 7 window wide 1st floor with entablature arched over
centre framed by pediment gable; 5-bay colonnades flank the inner faces of
the outer ranges at the west end balancing the centre feature. The whole
of the complex has been restored by the GLC.

Survey of London; Vol. XXXVI.
Covent Garden Market; Robert Thorne.

Listing NGR: TQ3036080894

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Source: English Heritage

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