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Covent Garden
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Covent GardenCovent Garden was originally the walled enclosure and garden belonging to the monks of Westminster Abbey, recorded in 1491 as Convent Garden (from Old French couvent), which stretched from Long Acre to the Strand. After the dissolution of the monasteries the site was claimed by the Crown and sold to the 1st Earl of Bedford in 1552 who had a house built here, while the 4th Earl had the area laid out as a residential quarter. Covent Garden was famous for its fruit market established in 1661, now moved to a site at Vauxhall in south London, and for its Royal Opera House, the third and present one on this site being built in 1858.

The station was opened as COVENT GARDEN on 11 April 1907.


Covent Garden

The bustle that was Covent Garden when it was a fruit and vegetable market. This was the scene in the 1940s. The flower market - now London's Transport Museum - is in the background.




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