Camden Lock Market began to appear in 1974. There had been a street market in Inverness Street, Camden, for some years, but this new market appeared because there were negotiations to build an urban motorway across the site, and therefore until 1976 (when the plans were dropped), no building was possible. Market stalls sprang up, creating a temporary market. This specialised in clothes and crafts, and it soon became so popular that the new market absorbed the earlier Iverness Street market. Originally the crafts market operated within old warehouses and other existing buildings and from the stalls along the Regent’s Canal. Gradually the market expanded, and there is now an indoor market hall (designed by John Dickinson in 1991). Until the 1994 Sunday Trading Act, shops were closed in London on Sundays, but these market stalls were open. Camden Lock or Camden Market is now one of the top visitor attractions in London, attracting in the region of 100,000 visitors each weekend. By 1976 the Camden Lock Market was already a successful entity in its own right, and has remained so ever since. A wide and delicious variety of ethnic food is on sale. So popular is the market at weekends that on Sunday afternoons the Camden Underground Station only permits incoming passengers to alight. Development and expansion continues every year, with new buildings being built, and the re-development of the Stables Market. The market is a unique feature of London life, and a haven for those who seek to buy the unusual, the ethnic and the bizarre.
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