Billingsgate Fish Market

Billingsgate Fish Market

Billingsgate Fish Market is the United Kingdom's largest inland fish market. It operates from Poplar on the Isle of Dogs. Before 1982, it operated from its original site in the City of London.

The market's name originates from the ward in the southeast of the City where the original riverside market began. Originally a general market, a 1699 Act of Parliament made Billingsgate 'a free and open market for all sorts of fish whatsoever'.

The first Billingsgate Market building was constructed on Lower Thames Street in 1850. However it proved inadequate and was demolished in 1873 to make way for the current building. That building, known as Old Billingsgate Market, was designed by the city architect Sir Horace Jones. Built by John Mowlem, it opened for trading in 1876.

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