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June 14, 2012
by the gentle author

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  1. bill Haynes permalink
    March 9, 2014

    Wonderful photo.
    I started work as a tea boy in the London Fruit Exchange Spitalfields in 1961.
    I started my own one man band fruit import business , it was in 1 room above P. Glutman in the early 1980’s. To the left was Percy Dalton and to the right M.Mack.
    The whole row of old warehouses were all Jewish traders, and were unfairly referred to to by “the established” tenants in the main market as “thieves row.”
    Would love the chance to buy a copy of this and other market photos please ?

    Bill Haynes (

  2. Philip Marriage permalink
    September 28, 2016

    S. Spital, Tobacconist & Confectioner, April-May 1990
    I have never been able to place this shop but assumed it had been in Brushfield Street, however my walk that day went down Brushfield Street, past Fort Street, Gun Street to Toynbee Street, Thrawl Street, Fournier Street and finishing in Old Montague Street – so it quite likely is, as Bill Haynes says above, in Old Montague Street. The only clue is the end of the old Victorian street sign which says ‘ST. E1’. Some of the other Victorian street signs say E eg Gun St and Artillery Passage, whilst others say E1 like Artillery Lane, Fort Street, Crispin Street and Brushfield Street yet are next to each other. All very strange!


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