Covent Garden's annual Rent Ceremony

This event has finished Took place on: Thursday, 21st Jun 2018

 Free

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The annual Rent Ceremony is a weird and wonderful occasion when the Chairman and Trustees march around the Piazza, accompanied by the Town Crier and a jazz band, to pay the “peppercorn rents” of five red apples and five posies of flowers for the buildings, known as The Protected Lands, on which the Trust owns a 150-year headlease.

The idea of a “peppercorn” rent was conceived by Sylvia Marder who was a solicitor with the Greater London Council and instrumental in writing the Trust’s leases. The rent of one red apple and one posy of flowers for each headlease reflects the history of the area as a fruit and vegetable market and are generously donated each year by the Covent Garden Market Authority.

The five properties are the Central Market (originally London’s fruit and vegetable market); the arcaded Bedford Chambers block; the Museums block bounded by Russell Street and Wellington Street; a terrace of Georgian houses numbered 25-31 James Street and 7, 9 & 10 Floral Street.


Contact and Booking Details

This event has finished Took place on: Thursday, 21st Jun 2018

 Free

Booking details and information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.

2018-06-21 2018-06-21 Europe/London Covent Garden's annual Rent Ceremony The Chairman and Trustees march around the Piazza, accompanied by the Town Crier, to pay the “peppercorn rents” of five red apples and five posies of flowers for the buildings https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2018/06/21/covent-gardens-annual-rent-ceremony-172160 Covent Garden Area Trust,13 New Row,,London

Location

Covent Garden Area Trust,

13 New Row,
London,
UK
WC2N 4LF

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