The first bicycle (of sorts), working donkeys and the fruit and vegetable traders are all commemorated on plaques installed by the Covent Garden Area Trust in and around central Covent Garden.
Look up above the shopfront of 69-76 Long Acre and you’ll see a plaque that marks the site of the workshop where, in 1819, the first Pedestrian Hobby Horse was made.
Two other plaques can be found in Jubilee Market Hall. One, in memory of the working donkeys of Covent Garden, is located on the Piazza side of Jubilee Market Hall. In the 1860s as many as 2000 donkey barrows would fill Covent Garden Market on a Saturday morning.
Fruit, vegetables and flowers were sold in the Piazza for over 150 years until November 1974 when Covent Garden Market moved to Vauxhall. A large bronze plaque on the Southampton Street side of Jubilee Market Hall celebrates the traders who thronged the Central Market, selling their wares from the early morning hours.