A local trader setting-up on Chalton Street. Photo: Dan Hall

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he previous print issue of Eustontowner was dedicated to the diverse businesses that give historic thoroughfare Chalton Street its unique character.

In particular, the thrice-weekly market that descends upon the street year-round is a hive of local initiative and activity. With everything from fruit to sarees, rugs to crepes, it’s been a social and economic hub for the last century.

Everything from fruit to sarees, rugs to crepes. Photo: Dan Hall

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n recent years however, the market had been dwindling in stallholders and customers. It’s also been under pressure from local construction projects, including HS2, looking like they could deliver the fatal blow to the intergenerational hub.

Fear not, however: a crowdfunding campaign set up earlier this year by the Somers Town Community Association sought to collect £60,000 for the resuscitation of the market. Just in the nick of time – a few days before the campaign expired – they hit their target.

A chipper Chalton Street stall owner. Photo: Dan Hall

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his was thanks to teams of locals rallying behind the project, along with Euston businesses and organisations, plus a hefty £15,000 contribution from the Mayor of London.

If you’ve never been, wander down the street, see it for yourself – and watch it flourish over the next few months.

[box]Chalton Street Market runs every Wed, Thurs and Fri 9am–4pm, Chalton St, NW1. [/box]

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