More about Beecholme

Beecholme is also the first postwar "mixed development" housing scheme in Hackney, with a mixture of houses and flats with the taller block having five storeys and containing one-bedroom and bedsit accommodation. It is featured in Volume 15 of Hackney History and was the site of Beecholme House, the family home of Maj. John André (d. 1780), who was executed as a British spy in the American War of Independence.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

At last – It’s the Chatsworth Road Market!

On Sunday November 7 at 11am
something historic
will be happening in Clapton.

After being closed for 12 years, the Chatsworth Road Market will begin its comeback.

Alan Sugar, now Baron Sugar and John Cohen, the founder of Tesco, both cut their trading teeth in what used to be one of the biggest street markets in East London.

Chatsworth Road Traders and Residents Association (CRTRA), working with Hackney Council will be running three pilot small markets on November 7, December 5 and 12, from 11am to 3pm each time, to see what the demand is for such a market.
 ‘The benefits to the Clapton community of such a market will be tremendous  – a place to meet people and keep community spirit going, a place to sell goods without all the huge overheads of shops, giving a greater variety of goods available, helping the local economy. Why have we waited so long?’ said Cllr Ian Rathbone, Chair of Chatsworth Road Traders and Residents Association.

He added: High streets like Chatsworth Road are vital community hubs, and innovative street markets have been proven to attract people back to the local high street, and away from big national chain supermarkets.’

Cllr Linda Kelly, Leabridge Ward councillor, said: ‘Leabridge and Kings Park ward councillors are also supporting this move because we believe a market will help give work to local people and ensure that the character and diversity of this important street does not disappear in the face of the recession.’
Omar Nissar, manager of Carnival Cards, a family-run business for the past 25 years, believes the market will give a boost to the whole street. ‘The market returning would really brighten things up, and it’d be a day out for the children too. And if people come and see the market going on they’ll explore the whole street and area more.’

Remy Zentar, owner of L’epicerie, and CRTRA Treasurer, agrees: ‘A new market is not going to be a problem for existing shops, just the opposite. The more business in the street, the more we all benefit. It’s about offering the customer more options and an experience. Going to the supermarket with the kids isn’t fun and you’ve got to fight traffic and queuing. But kids can enjoy going to a local street market.’

For more information contact Ian Rathbone on 07890 543 068

PHOTO by Fabbio

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