(“Research on History Rag Trade”)

Petticoat Lane is actually split into two markets in two locations – the market on Wentworth Street runs six days a week and the Middlesex Street market is only open on Sundays. This is a popular day for people who are local or tourists ,you can see up to 1,000 stalls if you visit on a Sunday. By the beginning of the 17th century, the area had become more commercial. London was getting bigger and its rural outskirts became more developed with housing and businesses. Before the market was formally recognised in the 1930s, it was regularly raided by the police and local authorities. It was not uncommon for police cars and fire engines to simply drive through the market with their sirens on to try to disrupt the market’s activities until it was made into a legal trading site. Over the years, the market has been best known for selling fashion and clothes, but now they are selling everything, from designer goods to fruit and veg and bargain goods.Alan Sugar was the first person who started a business in Petticoat Lane where he had a stall. Most shops got busier in the 17th century. Quote: “An old saying states that you can expect someone to steal your petticoat at one end of the market and then sell it back to you at the other end.”Many years ago, the clothing trade was taken over by the Jewish people as now the Bengali,Muslim people are doing this business.There are some other ethinic groups who are doing this business as this links to my culture. e.g. they sell fabric,food,jewellery,clothes and many other things.


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