Friday, 20 April 2007
Spitalfields, London E1
I went to Spitalfields today, an area I used to frequent years ago when I had a studio nearby. I walked through the market and was shocked to find that most of it has been transformed into an upmarket shopping centre and what is left of the original market is a building site with market stall-holders continuing to sell their wares - it was really miserable. So I quickly left that behind and wandered around the streets nearby - where there are some amazing houses. I love these streets - they are so full of history. A former resident of one of the houses was Anna Maria Garthwaite, designer of Spitalfield Silks in the early 1700's.