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Blue plaque marks London's Borough Market history

Borough Market blue plaque
Image caption The market was shut in 1755 but local residents raised money to reopen it

London's "oldest fruit and veg market" has been awarded a blue plaque after residents voted for it to be honoured.

Southwark Council decided to commemorate London Borough Market after people voted for it in a website poll.

The market has traded from under railway viaducts, close to the River Thames and south of Southwark Cathedral, for more than 250 years.

In 1755 Parliament closed the market but local residents raised £6,000 and reopened it.

Residents bought what used to be the churchyard of St Margaret's and began trading from what is known The Triangle, which is now located at the heart of the market.

But records show goods have been traded from the south side of London Bridge as far back as 1014 AD, the council said.

Currently there are more than 100 stalls which sell fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat and baked and cooked products from all over the UK and other countries from Thursdays through to Saturdays.

Donald Hyslop, chair of the trustees of Borough Market, said: "Borough Market is honoured to have been awarded this blue plaque voted for by the people of Southwark."

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