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Leadenhall Market Conservation Area [No. 21]

A quintessential Victorian market complex, designed by the City Corporation's surveyor, Sir Horace Jones. Small scale grade II listed market buildings and 19th century commercial buildings with ground floor shop units in Lime Street, Cullum Street and Fenchurch Street.​

Leadenhall Market Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

Adopted by the City Corporation's Planning & Transportation Committee on 4 July 2017, the Leadenhall Market SPD comes in two parts:

Part 1 Leadenhall Market Conservation Area

Conservation Area Character Summary and Management Strategy (4.9MB). This analyses the special architectural and historical interest of the conservation area and explains how Local Plan policies will be applied within it. This SPD supersedes that of 2006.

Part 2 Listed Building Management Guidelines

Listed Building Management Guidelines (2.9MB). Relating only to the grade II* listed Market buildings, this document provides guidance on best practice for repairs and alterations and clarity on permissions needed for works.

Please note that this part of the SPD is a non-accessible document. If you require an accessible version, please email the planning admin team.

The boundary of this conservation area was adjusted as part of a general boundary review in 2007. To view the boundary, visit the City’s interactive map, selecting ‘Conservation Areas’ under the ‘Conservation’ tab.

History and character summary

  • A long-established marketplace since the Roman period, when it stood on Cornhill in the middle of the Roman town
  • A close-knit urban grain complemented by the bustle of commercial activity
  • A consistent system of shopfronts, arcading, structural elements and colour scheme that typical of other City markets
  • Associations with important historical City figures such as Sir Horace Jones, responsible for many City landmarks including Tower Bridge.

See the market in more detail by taking a virtual tour.

Find out more about shops, restaurants and upcoming events at Leadenhall Market information page

18 April 2012
Last Modified:
24 June 2019
Tom Nancollas