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Spitalfields’ London Fruit and Wool Exchange faces development

Posted at 3:30 pm, March 1, 2012 in News

Christ ChurchLike us, you may well have strolled down Brushfield Street next to Spitalfields Market and remarked about the lovely old 1929 London Fruit and Wool Exchange building (fruit and wool always seemed like an odd combo to me). Or perhaps you have had a pint in The Gun Pub on the corner or queued to get cash out of the Barclay’s Bank opposite Christ Church. Well, change is afoot. In five days, Tower Hamlets Council will decide whether that block can be redeveloped. The lovely Portland Stone London Fruit and Wool Exchange was designed by Sydney Perks and is not only a great reminder of the East End’s trading history but thousands of Londoners also sheltered in the building’s cellars during the blitz. The proposed development plans to retain the facade of the London Fruit and Wool Exchange and restore the central arch including a new parade of shops (and a new pub and bank) and redevelop the Whites Row Car Park. However, the Spitalfields Community Group have recently put up an online petition objecting to the changes. Sonya Barber

Find out more about the history of the building at spitalfieldslife.com, read about the development at lfwe.com or sign the Spitalfields Community Group’s petition

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