COVENT GARDEN MARKET.
Covent Garden is, as all the world knows, a, the chief fruit, vegetable, and flower market in London. It stands in a district abounding with the most interesting historic memories, but the present market buildings were only erected in 1831; and although they have been enlarged since then, they are now quite inadequate for their purpose. Since the middle of the sixteenth century, Covent Garden has been the extremely profitable property of the Dukes of Bedford. Our view is taken from the north-eastern corner, looking toward the Strand. The scene here presented order in disorder, innumerable baskets and carts filled to overflowing with seasonable products, porters bustling to and fro is a very characteristic one. The building to the left of the Market, at the beginning of Russell Street, is the Hummums Hotel.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896