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Sunday bird fair in Sclater Street; c.1902

John Galt

Sunday bird fair in Sclater Street; c.1902
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 27cm

Full image caption

The Sunday morning live bird market in Sclater Street, off Brick Lane.
The famous Club Row Bird Fair, which extended into Sclater Street, was the most important bird market in London until the street-sale of live animals was banned in 1983.
John Galt photographed the countless larks, thrushes, canaries, pigeons and parrots amongst other birds on sale to the public. Displayed in small cages, some wrapped in pocket-handkerchiefs, the birds were hung along the walls of the three- and four-storey buildings. Further birds and animals were on sale inside the shops. Missionaries from the London City Mission often approached busy market places to spread the word of God to those who may not otherwise enter a church. Galt, a missionary himself, produced this photo to illustrate the work of the mission in the area.

Image Details

1900 AD - 1907 n/a
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