A Quick Overview of Watney Market
Watney Market was once one of the East End’s biggest and most popular street markets. But over the past century the authorities have done their best to kill it off. So popular was the market that when licence applications came up for renewal in 1927, 227 traders applied for 200 pitches.
In February 1970 an exasperated John Branagan, GLC member for Tower Hamlets, asked what was happening in Watney Street. Not a lot, was the reply from Horace Cutler, chair of the GLC Housing Committee. Work on Watney Street had ‘slowed down seriously since June 1969 and since September 1969, very little progress has been made’.