Chapel Market: The London Nobody Knows

31 Oct

Located in the heart of Angel, between Penton Street and Liverpool Road is Chapel Market. Known as Chapel Street until 1936, it changed its name after the busy market that had established itself well in the second part of the nineteenth century.

Chapel market 1906

Chapel Market in 1906

Chapel Market survived the twentieth century without any major changes. It is therefore probably unsurprising that it has appeared time and time again on our screens as we will have the opportunity to see in future posts.

Based on an earlier book of the same name, the documentary The London Nobody Knows (1967) follows British actor James Mason around non-touristy areas of 1960s London. The film encapsulates the real life of those years and is definitely worth seeing for anyone interested in the history of the capital.

It is in this context that Mason introduces the spectators to “Chapel Market, Islington” and its array of stalls in a rather psychedelic visit! 

London Nobody Knows - Chapel Market - FILM

Chapel Market MRX v

As mentioned above, I will come back to Chapel Market in the future. In fact, no later than Monday, only non-trading day of the week, a crew had invaded the street. Watch out for something (an advert?) involving a Christmas market, snow and a world famous fast food restaurant chain…To be continued

Chapel Market Advert 2013

Fade Out

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How to get there?

Islington Film Locations Map

Chapel Market N1 1UP

Angle Tube Station (Zone 1)

Many buses to Angel


7 Responses to “Chapel Market: The London Nobody Knows”

  1. Sarah October 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Great article, thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. vicky griggs November 28, 2016 at 7:20 am #

    my nan and grandad lived at north east place and my great grand and great nan then i lived there for a while when i was a baby at 4 north place with my mum and 1 of my auntys while my dad and uncle were finishing out there service from second world war it was torn down my nan survived they had 4 daughters and a son and a cobbled court i spent many times staying with my nan and remember it well in the middle of the market my dad met my mum and fell in love my uncle alf introduced them

    • Mr X December 1, 2016 at 10:11 pm #

      Dear Vicky, I am glad that this simple post brought you some happy family memories and thank you for sharing those with us!


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