Covent Garden - Mike Shevdon in the Apple Market courtesy of Mark Lewis photography
Covent Garden - Mike Shevdon in the Apple Market courtesy of Mark Lewis photography

Over at his blog, Mike Shevdon continues his tour of the London of Sixty-One Nails. This time it’s the turn of Covent Garden.

Covent Garden is much older than people generally realise. The 4th Earl of Bedford, Francis Russell commissioned Inigo Jones to redesign the square in the 17th century, giving it the delightful open plaza in front of St Paul’s church that you see today. The market itself, though, predates that considerably… In the 18th century it was a notorious red-light district, leading to the term flower-girl being used as a euphemism for a prostitute.

Read the rest of this fascinating account (along with the rest of the series, if you’ve missed it) over at Shevdon.com.

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