Three hundred years of fruit, flower and vegetable selling at London's historic Covent Garden Market ended when the beadle (ceremonial custodian) rang an equally - old bell in the high-arched flower hall at eleven o'clock on Friday morning (8 November).
GV ZOOM OUT Exterior Covernt Market
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MV Porters moving vegetables and fruit (3 shots)
SV Trade in progress (5 shots)
MV Goods being moved by proters
MV Buyer writes cheque
SV Boxes of fruit
MV Florist wrapping bunch of flowers TILT UP TO Flower market bell ringing to end trading (2 shots)
SV Clock inside market
SV Empty stalls
SV Men move fruit out of market and load lorry (2 shots)
SV PAN Nun pushes barrow of vegetables through market.
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Background: Three hundred years of fruit, flower and vegetable selling at London's historic Covent Garden Market ended when the beadle (ceremonial custodian) rang an equally - old bell in the high-arched flower hall at eleven o'clock on Friday morning (8 November).
Covent Garden was one of the world's best-known markets. Until closing day, the 96-acre (39-hectare) site served as the central distribution point for the fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers needed by Greater London's population of more than 10 million people.
The market also served millions more people in a radius of about 100 miles (160 kilometres) around the capital.
It was in Covent Garden Market that the top-hatted gentlemen in the 19th century traditionally went early in the morning to buy flowers for their lady companions.
The gradual death of Covent Garden Market was forced by lack of space, inadequate facilities and chaotic traffic jams in the narrow streets of the area.
The new home for the market is a site at Nine Elms, two-and-a-half miles (three kilometres) away, south of the River Thames. It opens on Monday. (10 Novemder)