Bermondsey Antiques Market
Dawn’s early light at Bermondsey Antiques Market in south London. Photo: Sherman & Waterman.

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The renowned market had paused last year when operator Sherman & Waterman ended its involvement.

Now a new company, BAM 2021 Ltd, has been formed, led by director and fair organiser Paul Kelly who has taken over the management of the long-established market in Bermondsey Square.

Kelly, who is also a director of Associated Collectors’ Events, is working with Southwark Council to bring back the south London market as soon as government coronavirus restrictions allow.

First opened by Prince Albert in 1855 as the Metropolitan Cattle Market in Islington, it has a long history in trading second-hand goods.

By the early 20th century it had become the general Caledonian Market and in the late 1940s moved to Bermondsey Square in Southwark where it became known as the ‘New Caledonian Market’ and synonymous with antiques.

Read more about the new market in this week's Fairs, Markets & Centres.