History

The quirky indoor market was originally built and ran as The Crown Cinema between 1912 and 1955, but now has a reputation among shoppers and antique and record collectors as one of London’s secret gems! The cinema seated 650 people and was operated by the Penny Picture Theatre Co.

The original walthamstow cinema

The area has been ran as a market since 1955, and owned and ran by the same family since the early '80s, with ownership and responsibility passing down through the generations. 
 

In 2011 the Mayor’s Outer London Fund for high street regeneration worked as part of a team in the regeneration of Wood Street Indoor Market. It was seen by Design for London as one of the major success stories of the Outer London Fund, Round One.

 

Boris Visits the market in 2011

The market was regarded as offering huge potential to the high street, but after suffering years of decline had become cluttered and uninviting. In response work was carried out to the interior and a new facade and signage was designed on the Marlowe Road entrance.

A competition was devised in conjunction with the Council and the market owners to invite a diverse range of new tenants to apply for discounted rents in the market, and over 160 applications were received and 21 winners were selected.  The launch in February 2012 was a massive success and shortly after Boris Johnson, the London Major attended and met and spoke to the old and new tenants.

In summer 2014 the Marlowe Road part and entrance of the market was sold for development, with 30 unique shops remaining in the main part of the market, served by two entrances on Wood Street, joined by a horseshoe corridor. With this change came a new injection of life to the market with new and enthusiastic members of the family taking control of the running and promoting of the market.

Success Stories

The Market has acted as a springboard for up-and-coming businesses in Wood Street, with the Florists, Uniform Shop, Health Food Shop and Silkwoods Curtain Shop all starting their businesses in the Market before expanding into shops on the main thoroughfair of Wood Street.

In 2014, efforts to promote and support developing business within the market have been stepped up, with the creation of a new website which can be used to sell online, and extend the reach of the market, and a stronger focus on the use of Social Media.

Latest News

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