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HUNGERFORD MARKET
[Prospectus]
Prospectus. At a moment when new plans for the employment of the redundant capital of the country, many of which are allowed to be a visionary character, are, almost daily, submitted to the public, it is presumed that a proposition, ... June 1824.
London: printed by Luke Hansard & Sons, [1824].
[2] p. ; 34.6 cm. (2°)

Half-sheet, verso blank. Drop-head title. The Prospectus is unsigned and indicates that it was preceded by a brief earlier version. It floats the idea of the purchase of the derelict premises of the former Hungerford Market (established in the reign of Charles II by Sir Edward Hungerford) by a chartered company with a view to re-instating a fish market in particular, and this project is coupled with a notion of bringing in recruits of the Marine Society for the employment and training of seamen. In summer 1824 Charles Dickens was working in the blacking factory in Hungerford Market while his father was in the Marshalsea. Charles Fowler (1792--1867) produced a Description of the plan for the revival of Hungerford Market in 1829 (the library has a proof copy of the first edition, q.v.); building commenced in 1831 (in the aftermath of the opening of the new London Bridge which was a factor in the mind's of the projectors through the openings to through-traffic further up river afforded by the new bridge), and the new market was opened in 1833. Fowler's Description is addressed to the Hon. George Agar Ellis. In his 'Statement', he refers to the meeting of 5 June 1824 convened by Sir Thomas Tyrwhitt (Black Rod) in the Painted Chamber at the House of Lords to discuss the practicability of the project following which the first version of this Prospectus was issued and Fowler was commissioned to survey the site. 'The patrons of the measure' are not otherwise named.

Binding Loose sheet.

Reference Number 5994


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