Friday, 13 May 2016

Greenwich Market

The brand Coco Barclay has strong links with the Royal London borough of Greenwich. Not only is it home to the Coco Barclay shop but also our studio where all new collections are designed, sampled and made. This corner still looks much the same today.  I hope I'm right in saying the Admiral Hardy Pub now takes up the space. I love this picture.

Royal Greenwich has a rich history and is home to many of London's great landmarks such as the Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory but possibly the most known of all, Greenwich Market. It is popular for
 delicious food and antiques and designer makers,
it has everything to awaken your senses. 
Coco Barclay began its brand journey here. Trading on the market for over 10 years building up the company and growing a loyal customer base.
From the 14th century, Greenwich had a market, originally trading on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The present site dates from 1700, when a charter was assigned to the commissioners for Greenwich Hospital for 1000 years!

The original market sold meats, vegetables, eggs and other fresh food. It also was home to peddlers selling goods such as china, glass and earthenware. 




In 1845 the licensee of the Admiral Hardy pub was given permission to convert the large room over the newly built arch in the market into a small theatre with a tiered balcony. The inscription on the arch still reads:
“A false balance is an abomination to the Lord but a just weight is his delight” 



To this day the market is extremely popular with a different market nearly everyday

Antiques on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and craft and design on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with food everyday!


We love it when people pop into the shop for some retail therapy, having satisfied their cultural needs  first, of course! We get great reviews of all the exhibitions and events taking place from our visitors, and love recommending  exciting things we know about as locals!



 x Coco


2 comments:

Kirsten Jakobsen said...

Very interesting read! My husband and I are great lovers of London, Greenwich in particular - always staying at Novotel Greenwich when visiting your beautiful corner of the world (from Denmark).
Thank you!

Kirsten Jakobsen said...

Very interesting read! My husband and I are great lovers of London, Greenwich in particular - always staying at Novotel Greenwich when visiting your beautiful corner of the world (from Denmark).
Thank you!