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Covent Garden Market

The Lea Valley was a prime location for nurseries, not least because of the areas relative closeness to Covent Garden Market. The likes of the Rochford`s took full advantage of this factor, selling some of their finest produce which in the early days was brought down on a horse and wagon. It was at Covent Garden Market that Michael Rochford (1819-83) sold his beloved Black Hamburgh, a grape of such... 

The Pineapple

The pineapple is a prime example of the exotic fruits which were grown in English nurseries. Originating from Paraguay and the Southern parts of Brazil, the pineapple became an extremely popular fruit in English markets and was readily associated with wealth and extravagance. The pineapple was so popular at Covent Garden Market it even became the sites emblem. Whilst there is some debate as to when...