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During a time of considerable change for Portobello Road, these evocative images provide a feel of the market and its characters as it was in a mini golden age. Snapshots of antiques and bric-a-brac dealers - one of them shown here - provide some of the most atmospheric images across the 96 pages.

Sarah Anderson, who owns the street's Travel Bookshop (of Notting Hill movie fame) provides a brief history of the area from its roots as a country lane in the 18th century, through the birth of the market in the post-War years and into the present day.

She concludes with the observation: "Now the area includes some of the most expensive property in London and it is arguably the poorer in spirit for it."

ACC say they will be donating copies of the book (priced at £12.95 in hardback) to aid the Save the Portobello Road Market Campaign.