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16 October 2010

Hunt through the junk at Kingsland Waste Market

Kingsland Waste Market, on Kingsland High Street in Hackney, is a Saturday Market which operates from roughly 7.30am to 6pm.

Supposedly selling a mixture of tools, car and bike accessories, nearly new clothing and books, in reality it sells almost anything you can fit in a box van, as well as a range of other wares including fruit and veg.

The market is the subject of a chapter in Iain Sinclair's 'Hackney, That Rose Red Empire', in which he charts its relative fall and rise through the words of Norman Palmer, a trader there. It's an interesting place to visit but it can be hard to find much worth buying, especially later in the day. It will probably be swallowed up by the farmer's market hordes eventually, should they tire or Broadway Market.

For a tiny bit more information, see http://www.hackney.gov.uk/kingsland-waste-market.htm

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