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Lucinda Rogers At Ridley Rd Market II

November 28, 2017
by the gentle author

In the second of this series, Contributing Artist Lucinda Rogers & I visit Ridley Rd Market in Dalston to meet some of the traders featured in her current exhibition Lucinda Rogers: On Gentrification – Drawings of Ridley Rd Market at House of Illustration in Kings Cross until March

Soniya and Tariq

Soniya – “I started in Chapel Market in 2002. I had my baby and I was out with my mum when we saw a sign advertising for a shop assistant, but when I went in to enquire they gave me such a filthy look, so I said to my mum, ‘I’m going to open my own stall.’ At first, I bought £100 worth of soap and set up a soap stall, but that was not right for me. After that, I set up a juice stall. I bought everything I needed off the internet and set up the stall in my living room to try it out. Then I came here to Ridley Rd Market as a casual trader in 2015. At first, they put my stall at the top end but after six months I came down this end and I have a permanent pitch here now. When my son was four years old, he told me I was his ‘Honey Angel,’ so when the bank asked me the name of my business, I told them ‘Honey Angel Juices.'”

Sarje’s stall

Sarjeet Singh – “My brother had a stall on Kingsland Waste in the seventies and I helped him in 1973. It was so cold, I could not imagine working there, but as I got older I started by myself selling novelty items and flags from around the world, they are very popular when the football season comes. I also worked as roadie for Frankie Paul, John Holt, Dennis Brown, UB40 and Commander Cody. Ridley Rd is a great market, I have been here since ‘seventy-six and I have not got bored yet. It is a very honest place. You have to be honest in the market because otherwise it comes back to bite you. A woman left a purse here with seven hundred pounds in cash on my stall recently and I kept it for her. She came back and asked, ‘Did I leave my purse here?'”

Red, yellow and green landscape at Greg’s stall

Gregory Spyris – “I arrived in London on a Tuesday and started work on this stall on the Wednesday, and that was forty years ago! I came for my brother’s wedding and I stayed in this country. For twenty-four years, I had two shops but I sold them and just had this stall for the past twenty years or so, selling West Indian and African groceries. I have family here now, children and grandchildren, and I only go back to Cyprus for holidays.

Drawings copyright © Lucinda Rogers

Lucinda Rogers: On Gentrification – Drawings from Ridley Rd Market is open at House of Illustration, Tuesday – Sunday from 10am-6pm until 25th March

You may also like to take a look at

Lucinda Rogers at Ridley Rd Market

Lucinda Rogers’ East End

Lucinda Rogers’ Spitalfields Suite

Lucinda Rogers’ Cards

Lucinda Rogers in Tottenham

5 Responses leave one →
  1. November 28, 2017

    Great drawings, Ridley Road seems to have changed a lot from the time when I used to go shopping there with my great aunt! Valerie

  2. November 28, 2017

    Again, lovely, intricate work. Gregg’s stall looks as if it took weeks to sketch.

  3. Roy Emmins permalink
    November 28, 2017

    I love your unique style of drawing.
    The way you emphasis some things and leave out some minor details.
    Lovely work.

  4. nicholas borden permalink
    November 29, 2017

    nice work,

  5. CAROL ANN CONLEY permalink
    November 29, 2021

    My maternal grandfather, Bert Idenden was a market trader in 1920s & 1930s. He did different markets: Ridley Road, “The Waste” Kingsland Road and Leather Lane. His stall was bits of this and that, toiletries, cleaning stuff, a bit like a Pound Shop. But some weeks he only made a pound. While still at school my uncle had to help on the stall on Saturdays; it stood him in good stead as he eventually ran his own business. I remember Ridley Road for the ice cream cornets that had a chocolate button on top. Also the apple fritters and sarsaparilla drinks, which came in three different colours at The Waste.

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