BROUGHT fresh gathered to the markets in the height of their season, both morning and afternoon, are sold in pottles, containing something less than a quart each. The crier adds one penny to the price of the Strawberries for the pottle, which, if returned by her customer, she abates, or will take it again at the same price on another occasion. Great numbers both of men and women are employed in crying Strawberries during their season, which is June, through the streets in suburbs of London. Their profit is from threepence to fourpence in the shilling. Strawberries are frequently to be bought in London at sixpence per pottle.
Covent-garden Market occupies a large square on the estate of the Duke of Bedford, lying between the Strand and Long-acre. This market is entirely appropriated to fruit and vegetables. On the south side is a range of shops, which contain the choicest fruit and vegetables. The most expensive productions of the hot-house are also to be purchased in these shops. An alley is left for foot passengers between the fruiterers' shops and a row of stands, on which are displayed greenhouse plants, and all kinds of flowering shrubs. The effect is very beautiful. The centre of the market, as shewn in the Plate, although less pleasing to the eye, is more inviting to the general class of buyers. It is crowded with stands, where excellent fruit and vegetables are sold at moderate prices. The wholesale buyers attend early in the morning, and purchase of the gardeners, who supply this market with fresh vegetables Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. On the west of the square which surrounds the market, stands the church of St. Paul's Covent- garden. It was built by Inigo Jones, who, being unfortunately cramped in his design by a limitation of expense, contrived only to make it the finest barn in England. By the happy manner of placing it, however, some effect is produced, in spite of the injudicious simplicity of the fabric. It was nearly destroyed by fire some years ago, but has been since repaired upon the same plan. The piazza extends along the north and part of the east sides of the square. The Theatre, and the Bedford Arms tavern, with several others, are under the piazza. The Hummums, justly celebrated for their convenient and elegant lodgings for gentlemen, are on the east side of the square.