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Building surveyor Petticoat Lane Market Area of East London

We have written this article for you to read and enjoy and to give you an insight into one of London's popular markets. Before you start to read it we would like to tell you a little about ourselves.

We are Independent Surveyors that carry out Building Surveys in East London including areas such as Hackney, Spitalfields, Whitechapel, Bethnal Green, Wapping and London Docklands. We also do valuations and schedules of condition on commercial properties in and around the Petticoat Lane Market area.

As Surveyors we probably pay more attention to properties around us than most people do even when we are not surveying them! We always recommend lifting your line of sight above eye level as there are some beautiful buildings to be seen and ones that most people miss as they rush about with their daily life. Surveyor tours are something that we would like to introduce. These would explain the architectural styles and details that we see when carrying out Building Surveys. We are also happy to walk a client around an area that we know as well as explaining the results of the structural survey of their house, office or shop.


A - Z of Information on Petticoat Lane Market

Petticoat Lane market is situated in the East End of London and is one of the most popular street markets in the area.


Although the market is known as Petticoat Lane Market, Petticoat Lane does not actually exist anymore. The market is actually spread out over Middlesex Street and Wentworth Street . As Surveyors we often carry out Building Surveys in this area of London .


The market is known for its bargains. Traders buy stock in bulk including end of season designer wear and sportswear and then sell the items at very competitive prices on their stalls.


The Location of Petticoat Lane in London 's East End means that you can still find traditional food associated with the area being sold in the market. Seafood, especially jellied eels, is a local cockney speciality and is still very popular. There is also a good range of other food stalls and vans in the market.


Devonshire Square is a multi-use development located close to Petticoat Lane market that was originally the warehouses of the East India Company. The warehouses were converted into office space in the 1970's. More recently the space has been redeveloped to include retail and residential space. The adding of a glass roof with state of the art lighting over the courtyard has also added to its appeal as an evening venue. Conversions and ‘change of use' of buildings are something Building Surveyors can help developers with.


Petticoat Lane Market is located in the East End of London, not to be confused with East London which is a much bigger area. Today the East End is mainly contained within the expansive Borough of Tower Hamlets but this title would originally have applied to a smaller area with places such as Whitechapel, Bethnal Green and Stepney within it. The Borough of Tower Hamlets also covers some of the redeveloped areas such as the Docklands and the Isle of Dogs. As a densely populated residential area our Surveyors have often provided home buyer reports and Building Surveys in Tower Hamlets.


Fashion clothing takes up the larger proportion of the stalls in Petticoat Lane market. Womens clothing is particularly popular in this market. Leather goods at bargain prices can also be found if you are prepared to look for them at the Aldgate end of the market.


The great plague of 1665 effectively wiped out a fifth of London 's population. One hundred thousand people died and the area of Petticoat Lane was ruined. Previous to this in the early 1600's it had become an area of commercial trade where second hand goods and bric-a-brac were bought and sold.

H: History

Petticoat Lane is one of Britains oldest markets still trading today. It was not formally recognised as a market until 1936 but there has been an informal market on the site for hundreds of years. Middlesex Street was once known as Hoggs Lane possibly because pigs were allowed to be kept there.

I: Independent Surveyors

As Independent Surveyors we have carried out a variety of different surveys in the Tower Hamlets area of London including Residential Building Surveys and also Commercial Surveys. If you are buying a house or business in and around the Petticoat Lane Market area then call us for a truly independent opinion, we are not influenced by Banks, Building Societies or Estate Agents!

J: Jack the Ripper

Petticoat Lane Market is close to where the infamous Jack the Ripper trawled the streets in search of his victims. The area of Whitechapel was a slum area in Victorian London.

K: Kings and Queens (pearly ones!)

Pearly Kings and Queens are part of Londons history. East London is where the buttons (pearls) were mass produced in factories for the suits the Kings and Queens wore. Pearlies, as they are called, are traditionally associated with cockneys. The pearly royalty always have and continue to work to raise money for charity.

L: Liverpool Street Station

Liverpool Street Station is one of the busiest in the UK . The station was built on the original site of the Bethlem Royal Hospital (Bedlam as it is better known). The station was modernised in the 1980's and 1990's. Liverpool Street is one of the closest to Petticoat Lane Market.

M: Monday to Friday and again on Sunday!

Petticoat Lane Market opens Monday to Friday from 10am – 2.30pm. On Sundays it opens from 9am – 2pm. The market is closed on a Saturday.

N Nearby Attractions and Facilities

Petticoat Lane Market is close to many places of interest. One of our favourites is the Old Truman Brewery. This was once Londons largest brewery and had over 1,000 employees in its heyday until its closure in the 1970's. Today it is a vibrant re-development of over 250 businesses including shops, offices, and restaurants in Victorian and Georgian settings.

We have included other places of interest for you to visit at the end of the article.

0: Olympics 2012

Petticoat Lane is not far from some of the venues of the London Summer Olympics. The Summer Olympic Games is the biggest major sports tournament in the world. Held every four years host countries have included the U.S.A, Russia, Australia, Spain, France, Greece and Germany.

P: Parliament Square

Petticoat Lane Market is a few miles away from Parliament Square . The square outside the Houses of Parliament has a large green space and is overlooked by Eastminster Abbey. It is a popular venue for tourists that visit London to see the beautiful architecture. Within the square are ten statues of famous men including Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela.

Q: Queen Mary University

Queen Marys University is one of the UKs top universities. It has five campuses in London including one at Mile End and one at Whitechapel both of which are close to Middlesex Street and Petticoat Lane Market.

R: Restaurants,bars pubs

The area around Petticoat Lane has a wide selection of these ranging from modern cafes and restaurants to old traditional pubs (some with their original Victorian interiors including the snugs). Our Independent Surveyors sometimes visit these local establishments for a spot of lunch or a nice cup of tea before carrying out another Building Survey in the area. If you venture into Brick Lane you will find a great selection of Curry Houses.

S: Spitalfields

Spitalfields is an area of London in Tower Hamlets. The name originates from St Mary Spital Priory and the fields surrounding it. Spitalfields is the site of Londons oldest market dating from the 13 th Century. The market trades Tuesday to Friday and also Sunday. Spitalfields is one of Londons trendy popular areas and has many interesting things to see and enjoy ranging from small museums and galleries to award winning restaurants.

T: Tourism

Tourism plays a huge part in the success of the market. Visitors come from far and wide to visit this old traditional London street market. London is always a favourite tourist attraction which has been boosted by the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics Games of 2012. Petticoat Lane is one of a number of markets that attracts the tourists to London . Other top destinations include Covent Garden, Camden market, Borough market and Portobello Road.

U: Underground

The London Underground is one of the largest and busiest train systems in the world. There are 75 lines running within it and it serves 275 stations. The Tube as it is also known, because of the tube shaped tunnels that the trains use to navigate around London , is the easiest way for tourists to see the Capital. Underground Stations close to Petticoat Lane include, Aldgate, Aldgate East and Liverpool Street.

V: Victorians

The market has always been well known for its clothing stalls, originally second hand clothing! Historically during the times of the French Huguenots it sold lace and fabric and the process of clothing manufacturing began. It is often said that during the prudish Victorian times the name Petticoat Lane was changed to Middlesex Street , which was much more respectable! However it is also said that it was changed to mark the boundary between Portsoken and Whitechapel.

W: Whitechapel

Located not far from Petticoat lane is the infamous Whitechapel area of London . Although it is mainly known for its gruesome history involving the unsolved murders of Jack the Ripper, Whitechapel has other claims to fame. These include being home to the Whitechapel Bell foundry that has been in existence for over 500 years and famously cast Big Ben and The Liberty Bell of Philadelphia. The foundry is said to be Britain 's oldest manufacturing company. Over the years we have carried out commercial building surveys on factories and other manufacturing plants. The problems we have encountered include structural issues and leaking roofs.

X: Xmas in London

London is famous for its Christmas Lights that usually get switched on by a favourite celebrity every year. Regents Street and Oxford become filled with people waiting for what has become a special occasion.

An event closer to Petticoat Lane Market is the East London Design Show held in Shoreditch. Just before Christmas over one hundred independent designers sell their wares offering original jewellery, home wares, fashion and toys.

Y: Years of Immigration History

The area around Petticoat lane has a rich history of immigration. In the 16 th Century many Spanish immigrants were attracted to the area. These were followed by the Huguenots in the 17 th century escaping persecution. Later Jewish settlers made the area their home after they too faced persecution in Northern Europe . Today the main immigrants are from Asia especially from Bangladesh.

Z: Zero Energy Development

BowZED is a block of four zero fossil fuel homes in the Bow area of East London not far from Petticoat Lane Market. This development was one of the first Eco Housing Projects built in London . The homes require no central heating because of their heavy insulation and thermal mass and in summer months they remain cooler for the same reasons. During our building surveys we often come across problems regarding thermal gain and thermal loss especially with modern lightweight construction properties.


How do I get to Petticoat Lane Road Market?

Petticoat Lane Market is very easy to reach via public transport both by train and by bus.


Petticoat Lane by Train / The Tube - There are two London Underground Stations within walking distance of the market.

1.  Aldgate Tube Station is 3 minutes from Petticoat Lane Market

2. Aldgate East Tube station is 4 minutes from Petticoat Lane Market

3.  Liverpool Street Station is 6 minutes from Petticoat Lane Market


Petticoat Lane Market by Bus There are many buses that stop near Petticoat Lane , these include;

8 – Bow to Oxford Circus

26 – Hackney Wick to Waterloo

35 – Clapham Junction to Shoreditch

135 – Old Street to the Isle of Dogs


Petticoat Lane Market by Car – Driving into London can be difficult but there is a car park only a few minutes' walk from Petticoat Lane Market at Spitalfields Car Park, Eden House, Spital Square, Spitalfields, London E1 6DX .


Petticoat Lane Market by Bike – National Cycle Route Network Number 6 is a Sustrans Cycle Route that includes Petticoat Lane Road . The route is known as the Little Venice to Horsenden Hill route and is a seven mile cycle ride.

Boris Bikes (BCH) are available to hire throughout the city for anyone wishing to see the local areas this way.


What National Trust Places of interest are near to Petticoat Lane Road Market?

Sutton House in Hackney

National trust attractions in other parts of London:

Fenton House in Hampstead

Carlyle House in Chelsea

Ham House and Garden in Richmond


What English Heritage Places of interest are near to Petticoat Lane Market?

Blue Plaque at 91 Ashfield Street, Whitechapel. The founder of Tesco Sir Jack Cohen (1898 – 1979) grew up here.

St Mary Spital Charnel House, Spitalfields

Jewel Tower, Eastminster

Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner

Apsley House, Hyde Park Corner


We hope you enjoyed our article on Petticoat Lane Market and our comments from an Independent Surveyors point of view. Here are some links to some other articles that we have written and that may be of interest you.


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Whilst most of this is written from local knowledge of the area, here are some websites that we think may interest you, some of which we have used for information and we would like to give them credit for this. We are only human so if there are any amendments or additions or updates we would be pleased to receive your feedback so we can keep our website up to date.

visitlondon.com, english-heritage.org.uk, nationaltrust.org.uk, londontown.com, alondonguide.com, trumanbrewery.com, devonshiresq.co.uk,networkrail.co.uk, whitechapelbellfoundry.co.uk, visitthecity.co.uk

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