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Dedicated to recording and preserving Covent Garden's life stories.

© John Swannell

'It's vitally important to remember what Covent Garden looked like in its previous life, and I welcome any moves to support the social history archive'

Michael Palin, 3rd June 2014

On the 9th November 1974 the Fruit - Vegetable and Flower Market in Covent Garden closed and moved to New Covent Garden south of the Thames at Nine Elms just by Vauxhall Station on Monday 11th November 1974.

The area was left under threat by the then Greater London Council who had plans to demolish most of the buildings in the area.

Covent Garden was saved as we know it today by a small group of individuals who formed The Covent Garden Community Association in 1971 - for more information click on to the links below.

The Covent Garden Community Association

The Covent Garden Area Trust

The main point of this site is to gather personal stories in pictures audio and film about the History of Covent Garden leading up to more recent times in order to build an ongoing Social History Archive and is supported by Michael Palin in his quote on this page from 3rd June 2014.

By supporting our our Festival events or purchasing one of our Annual Collection prints (go to the shop page) you will be helping us to achieve this goal.

If you have personal stories of the Old Market - the Royal Opera/Ballet - Theatre or just the Covent Garden area itself please send them to us so that we can Archive them for future generations.


Celebrating our history and heritage. Go to festival page to find out more...

Go to the SHOP page to view and purchase one of the only forty two selected 2016 Collection Fine Art Framed Prints.