More Bill Clinton at Piccadilly Market

A further Bill Clinton at Piccadilly Market image has surfaced… Still not sure when precisely he visited. Some say Christmas 2002, two years after his Presidency concluded, others say Winter 2004. The green bag, clutched by the 42nd President of the United States (born William Jefferson Blythe III) contains his purchase from Africa John.

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President Bill Clinton at Piccadilly Market

Finally……….! With thanks to Christine Parker we’ve tracked down an image of President Bill Clinton shopping at Piccadilly Market.

It’s unclear what the Leader of the Free World was doing in the area. Book launch at Waterstones? Shopping for oysters with the Secretary of State? Lunch with Nelson Mandela at The Ritz? Watch this space for further details.

Bill Clinton at Piccadilly Market

 

Piccadilly Market — Occasional Vacancies

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Piccadilly Market, the only long-established craft market in London W1, has vacancies from time to time for craftspeople who manufacture premium goods or source from high quality suppliers.

In the grounds of St James’s Church Piccadilly (a Sir Christopher Wren masterpiece) two minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus, close to Mayfair, Fortnum’s and The Ritz, Piccadilly Market is unique.

Described by Time Out Magazine as where “quintessential church fête meets West End London chic” Piccadilly Market has brought colour and excitement to the Mayfair and St James’s districts for over thirty years.

The market has had a make-over: new canopies, deep cleaning, new lighting. Combined with the setting — a Wren church, the hidden gardens on Jermyn Street, the vigorous church community, the prime West End site — it is the London W1 destination market, loved by generations of Londoners, visitors and tourists.

Unlike many London markets, permanent Piccadilly Market traders dress their stalls on a Wednesday and leave them up until Saturday evening. The market is locked at night and security provided by the landlord. Accordingly it is possible to build striking four day displays.

If you are interested in becoming a Piccadilly Market trader, get in touch! Keep in mind that we have enough jewellers at present.

St James’s Church Piccadilly & the American Revolution

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As every American school child knows, Paul Revere rode through the night to alert the Lexington Patriots about the approach of British troops in 1775. The Battles of Lexington and Concord ensued and with them the American Revolution.

Longfellow wrote in Paul Revere’s Ride:

He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,–
One if by land, and two if by sea…

Old North Church in Boston, home to the signal which started the American Revolution, is modelled closely on St James’s Church Piccadilly. According to Marcus Whiffen (American Architecture: 1607-1860, Volume 1, p64):

…in all essentials the interior of Old North is an imitation of St James’s. The tower also follows St James’s very closely, with stringcourses dividing it into the same four stories and the same combination of arched and round windows…

On the night of April 18th 1775, church sexton Robert Newman climbed to the topmost window of the steeple of Old North Church and signalled with lanterns that the British were marching on Lexington. When he came down, the Redcoats were already at the church door, but he escaped through a window to the right of the alter.

But the signal was sent, Paul Revere rode through the night, the American Revolution commenced, a nation was born.

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Old North Church Boston

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St James’s Church Piccadilly

Old North Church Boston - Interior

Old North Church Boston – Interior

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St James’s Church Piccadilly – Interior

Paul Revere

Paul Revere

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DeMec Vegetable Ivory on the BBC

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DeMec Vegetable Ivory, a long-established Piccadilly Market jeweller, was in the news recently…. literally.

‘I was delighted,’ said DeMec owner Maria Elena Cabrera Saiz. ‘I turned on the TV to watch the news and there was one of our Princess Collection necklaces… on the BBC. It was amazing!’

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