It will have gone through many changes in the intervening years, with many peaks and troughs along the way. In recent years, it's undergone something of a revival, with a fair bit of investment having gone into improving the quality of the streets and shop fronts.
So what does today's Whitecross Street market have to offer? Every weekday you can enjoy a typically energetic and lively London street market, and on Thursdays and Fridays you get that little bit extra with the addition of the specialist food market.
Stalls include the likes of Big John's Food (Thursdays and Fridays), selling a tasty selection of sweet and savoury tummy-fillers such as chocolate brownies, pastries, cakes and breads.
You've also got De La Tierra (Spanish tapas), Gastronomica (Italian cheeses and the like), and Hoxton Beach, selling a range of authentic falafel together with a variety of other Middle Eastern vegan food.
Visit between the 24th of July and the 5th of September and you'll see the street transformed into an open-air art gallery, with urban artists such as Gavin Turk, Shephard Fairey and Paul Insect displaying their work as part of the summer event.
By visiting and shopping at Whitecross Street market, you're not only experiencing one of London's oldest markets, you're also helping to ensure it continues for many years to come.
The area is packed with a wide range of shops, cafes, restaurants and art galleries, so once you've explored the market, be sure to spend a bit of time having a look around the rest of the place to see what else it has to offer.