Medievalists visiting London are often disappointed that little of the medieval city remains, but they may be cheered by a walk through of Borough Market in Southwark which is celebrting its millennium. Stephen Halliday has the story for History Today.
Considered the oldest extant market in London, the Borough Market traded on the south side of London Bridge, and sold grain, fruit, vegetables, fish and some livestock, causing congestion and traffic problems and a headache for city fathers. It took until the mid 16th century of the kingd, Edward VI, to grant the Lord Mayor the right to regulate the market. Today the market's remaining buildings were constructed in the mid-19th century on the original site.