East Street Market was officially set up in the 1880s. Since then, traders have been selling everything from candy floss to thermal underwear to the local residents.
The site is interesting because it is one of the few markets in the area which remains free from the more obvious signs of gentrification from its neighbour markets such as Camberwell Green or Brixton Village.
The forthemarket team went down to visit the site and we were struck by the character and the atmosphere of the market.
Many of the traders had been on East Street for decades and talked eloquently about the past and their expectations for the future. There was a real sense of anxiety about Southwark Council’s plan for area regeneration and the effect that it might have on their livelihoods.
Will, a confectionary trader, was pessimistic about the traditional market trader’s future role. With a supermarket in throwing distance, he explained how big outlets and warehouse sized shops make his job harder and harder.
We produced an audio slideshow to give you a sense of the market and encourage you to visit this historic site before it is too late!
Get down there from 8am every day, apart from Mondays. Further details can be found here.