Hackney’s newest market to change its name - because it clashed with the borough’s oldest

Hoxton Market in 1949. Photo: Hackney Archives

Hoxton Market in 1949. Photo: Hackney Archives - Credit: hackney archives

Hackney’s newest market is already considering a name change, after the council pointed out it clashed with one which has been going for over 300 years.

Hoxton Square Market launched last month inside St Monica’s Roman Catholic Primary School.

Farmers, food producers, craft makers and ceramicists from the Turning Earth ceramics studios in Haggerston sell their wares every Saturday.

But just a few metres north traders from Hoxton Street Market work on the same day.

A spokeman for the council told the Gazette: “We have approached the market to discuss its name, as the similarity to the council-run Hoxton Street Market can lead to confusion.”

Organisers Rollo Millership and Edmund May are considering changing the name to Hoxton Square Makers’ Market or Hoxton Square Makers. “Hopefully that will disambiguate it,” said Tallie Maughan from Turning Earth.

“It is different,” she added. “It’s a different group of people - local entrepreneurs who are making their own things by hand.

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“We are changing the branding on the website. It seemed like the right thing to do. They didn’t realise how close it was.”