A Closer Look Into: Covent Gardens, London

Determining upon which area or setting I wanted to reconnoiter in London was not difficult due to the fact that the Covent Gardens located in London have always been of curiosity to me. The Covent Gardens is a picturesque and wholehearted place that contains a numerous amount of bazaars and markets to pour one’s heart into. It is a setting where tourists can look around and take in the atmosphere of London. The constituency is allocated by the main road of Long Acre, while the south comprises of the central square with its street entertainers and graceful structures, auditoriums and performing facilities, including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and the London Transport Museum. In the stories of Sherlock Holmes, The Covent Gardens was depicted in The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was represented during the incident when Mr. Henry Baker gives Holmes information that brings him to the Covent Gardens. Here is what Covent Gardens looks like of Victorian Google Maps:

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After a sufficient and adequate amount of searching, I found the British History online archive to be the most accommodating in facilitating me find out a big amount of information. After typing in “Covent Gardens” in the search bar, a numerous amount of information had risen where I had contracted an advantageous amount of knowledge. During the epoch of 1926, the Town Clerk of Westminster presented a sixty-page report to the City Council upon the subject of Covent Garden Market, the owners of which were then proposing to remove it to a more suitable site.  The antiquity of the market was described as, “bristles with illegality, fraud and oppression’. The powers by which the market was regulated had been ‘obtained by none too creditable means’, and the owners had ‘thereby established a stranglehold on a large proportion of the fruit and vegetable trade of London”. (Covent Garden Market)

We also learn about the Covent Garden Theatre, where many performances were held in London. There is an advertisement for the first play that was performed at The Covent Theatre. It starts out like, “In 1926 the Town Clerk of Westminster presented a sixty-page report to the City Council upon the subject of Covent Garden Market, the owners of which were then proposing to remove it to a more suitable site.” (Covent Garden Theatre)

 The Charles Booth Online archive was also extremely beneficial and effective as it helps the viewers visualize various poverty classifications. Here is a visual map with a key:

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Works Cited

“Booth Poverty Map (Charles Booth Online Archive).” Booth Poverty Map (Charles Booth Online Archive). Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

Covent Garden Market’, Survey of London: volume 36: Covent Garden (1970), pp. 129-150. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=46106&strquery=covent garden Date accessed: 10 November 2014.

Covent Garden Theatre’, Old and New London: Volume 3 (1878), pp. 227-237. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=45149&strquery=covent gardenDate accessed: 10 November 2014.

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