A market place since the 1890s
Upper Gardner Street has been used as a market-place since the 1890s. In both Gardner Street and Bond Street, Victorian barrow-boys and traders gathered to sell their wares. Early this century, however, the market was still unoffical and police continually moved the traders on. In the 1920s, Harry Cowley, a chimney sweep and worker’s rights activist known as the “guvnor”, fought for regular pitches for the traders. The Authorities finally gave way to pressure and made Upper Gardner Street an official Saturday morning market.