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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 1, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 34 IETHM1DGE HEftAlD April 1, Famous London Fruit Market Torn Down By JOHN UBLANC LONDON (CP) -An eye- catching orange seller named Neil Gwyn sold her wares in Drury Lane more than 300 years ago, and that's much of the reason why London is wreiUing with a moving job. Sissy Nell became the mis- tress of King Charles II and gave him a couple of children an! a warm feeling for fruit pedlars and the theatrical dis- trict where she came to per- form on stage. One result was that the monarch bestowed a royal charter on nearby Cov- ent Garden, London's huge frujt-vegeUble-flower market in the process of up- heaval. Covent Garden, in almost the geograpbi-ri centre of London, is to have a 300th birthday party on May 9-the band will be playing such ap- propriate tunes as Yes We Have No then its regulars will think gloomily of packing up and shifting to'the other (south) side of the Thames about five miles away. SQUABBLE BEGINS The move will touch off what experts describe as the greatest and most expensive job of redevelopment since the Great Fire of 1656. And several municipal authorities are squabbling over how to handle it. It has been in the works for many years and the actual shift of the from longer-term rebuilding in the general area of Covent Funeral Costs Cut CALGARY (CP) An under- taker here says he has per- feded a method of cutting fu- neral costs by half without de- tracting from the appearance of the funeral. W. L. McHugh says the secret ef reducing the high cost of dying is a specially designed He says his firm has been using it and it has gained wide acceptance. Here's how it works: An expensive, decorative shell covers a plain inner coffin and is visible throughout church and graveyard ceremonies. The outef shell, however, goes back to the undertaker along with its expensive hardware and mould- ings, after the inner coffin is buried or burned. The outer shell u then re-used. The principle which makes 'the idea feasible involves a locking.mechanism on which the patent now is pending, Mr. McHugh'says. Two locks, at each end hoU the inner coffin within the deco- rative'sheTl until a key release! the mechanism at graveside. The locks have been tested for weights up to 500 pounds. STEP TO REALISM Mr. McHugh regards the idea K a step which injects realism into the funeral business. "A coffin is not a re-useable commodity, yet statistics show that 97 per cent of the public purchase a coffin on how it win look at the funeral rather than for burial purposes Of the first 25 families intro- duced to the new system, 22 chose it. Since last July more than 40 such funerals have been held. The idea was prompted by two separate incidents which oc- curred several years ago. In the first, a family came to him for burial arrangements but they had little money. He realized there must be many others in (he same circumst- ances, wanting a proper burial at modest price. In the second, a woman said shs looked over the coffins on she "wouldn't want to bury anything as attrac- tive as that." "I was convinced there must be a con-promise between the two said Mr. Mc- Hugh. The compromise, arrived at after several years of work, is a plain wooden case with the same satin-lined interior as a conventional coffin, which fits inside the shell. Garden-is due for 1973. But no one among the brigade of barrow- trundlers and pedlars really believes it will evef happen. "You're joking, me old dar- said a skeptical porter shoving a load of tomatoes. "We've been 'movine' since bloody Dunkerque (1MO) and ain't budged an inch yet." Covent Garden indeed hasn't budged since 1670 when high-living Charles II granted to William, Earl of Bedford, the right to set up a market in "a place commonly called the Piazza near the Church of St. Paul, Covent Garden." Covent was a shortening of convent, of which there was one near the site. An ancestor of the earl had commissioned architect Inigo Jones near the end of the 16th century to modernize the site on which Ihe earl lived, with the idea of making money by clearing an accumulation of dilapidated buildings for the finest building location in the land. MODELLED ON ITALY Jones, creator of some of Britain's finest structures of his time, came up with a grandiose scheme on the model of the Piazza at Legh- orn in Italy. The'purse-watch- ing earl cut out the fancy flourishes but the name Pi- azza stuck for a long time. By the time uf Charles II Londoners and country folk had set up shop outside the Piazza walls and the then earl Charles's royal bless- to give cutlery maker Adam Piggott and can- dle maker Thomas Day the right to set up stalls and sheds for selling produce out- side his own garden. Over the years Inigo Jones's arcades and houses fell into disrepair and disrepute. By the mid-18th century the nobil- ity had gone.-And as the fash- ionable tenants moved out many of the fine old houses were turned into boozing and gambling dens and brothels. Some preserved their char- acter. On the west side of the market square stands the "ac- In Hospital LONDON (Reuters) Her- nadetle Devlin, 22, Britain's youngest membci ol Parlia- ment, was admitted to hospital today for an appendix opera- tion. tors' church" of St. Paul's, Covent Garden. It has been described by connoisseurs as a curious bam-like building, but designer Jones called it "the handsomest barn in Eu- rope." NELL PLATED NEARBY Covent Garden Thealie, the home of opera and ballet in London, stands on its east side, Ihe third to be buitt on the site since 1732. And across the road is the Bow Street po- lice station from which the historic Bow Street Runners (nicknamed Robin Redbreasts from their flashy jackets) chased .criminals as the fore- runners of Scotland Yard. Nearby, too, is the site of the old Drury Lane Theatre where Nell Gwyn played low- comedy bearing a successor theatre of the. same name. Covent Garden itself, be- came in time the largest hor- ticultural market in the war handling 15 per cent of aH the fruit and vegetables grown in Britain along with much from the Continent, and acting fJ price-setter for field products. One of the sights of London for tourists used to be Covent Garden porters rushing around balancing as many as a dozen wicker baskets on their heads. But that went out at about Ihe time of the start of the Second World War. Now It's push-barrows and trucks in the old place, and at the new site it will be automa- tion, fork-lifts and multi-sto- rey car parks. MORE ELBOW ROOM The Nine Elms location south of the Thames and alongside Ihe railway tracks in the Battersea district will have an expansive 64 acres which now are' being bull- dozed of old warehouses and miscellaneous other clutter. This, compares with about 30 acres at the old stand, giv- ing !o'j of elbow room for the hucksters apart from dispen- sing with the traffic chaos their suppliers create in Ihe close confines of London's me- dieval street system. vYnu get thae huge things coming over from the Conti- says staff supervisor Sidney Evans, looking at a 20-ton truck carrying cauli- flower from Italy. "Very con- fusing at times, because the drivers can't speak a word of English." Cue result of this traffic jam-up has been to send the volume of business at the market as more and more traders bypass the congestion and buy and sell direct at the ports or railway stations. The authorities hope Ihe new site will help cure this, 004 Point hush OO% Set JUitalVMPwtjMS Super ValM tool Assortment breatUy-Uttese gorf Snack loan) OOS lowfiiw-3-Pc. 004 GanlnTDolSet OOH Ponytail 4 a Shop Woolworth For Savings Up To 45% Off More ;