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Report - Smithfield Fish Market - London - May - 2015

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by mrwhite, May 23, 2015.

  1. mrwhite

    mrwhite 28DL Regular User
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    Ok i don't know why this hasn't been done that often until a recent report came up i didn't think much of this place but thought one day to give it a go. Once we got in there we found our way to the basement had a look a round but couldn't see a way to the actual market, another quick search and hey presto result!​


    A small bit of history

    The first extension of the meat market took place between 1873 and 1876 with the construction of the Poultry Market located immediately west of the Central Market. A rotunda was built at the centre of the old market field, with gardens, a fountain and a ramped carriageway to the station beneath the market building. Further buildings were added to the market in later years. The General Market, built between 1879 and 1883, was intended to replace the old Farringdon Market located nearby and established for the sale of fruit and vegetables when the earlier Fleet Market was cleared to enable the laying out of Farringdon Street in 1826-30. A further block (also known as Annexe Market or Triangular Block) consisting of two separate structures (the Fish Market and the Red House) was built between 1886 and 1899. The Fish Market was completed in 1888, one year after Horace Jones' death . The Red House, with its imposing red brick and Portland stone façade, was built between 1898 and 1899 for the London Central Markets Cold Storage Co. Ltd.. It was one of London's first cold stores to be built outside the London docks and continued to serve Smithfield until the mid-1970s.​

    After the City of London Corporation announced plans in 2005 to demolish the General Market (1883) and the adjacent Fish Market and Red House buildings (1898), there has been a vigorous campaign to save the buildings.
    With both English Heritage and Save Britain's Heritage lending their weight to the campaign, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell announced the decision to give listed building protection to the Red House Cold Store building in March 2005.
    The future of the adjoining buildings remains unsettled, although Communities Secretary Hazel Blears announced in August 2008, that planning permission for a development on the site of General Market development had been refused.

    However, some of the buildings on Lindsey Street opposite the West Market are likely to be demolished with the construction of a new Crossrail station at Farringdon. Which is way under way.

    Smithfield is one of the few of the great london markets not to have moved from its central site to a location further out with cheaper land, better transport links and modern facilities Compared to Covent Garden and Bilingsgate. Since the market is designed to supply inner city butchers, shops and restaurants with meat for the coming day.

    Rumours have it British Musium is in talks to take it over??

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  2. The Wombat

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    that really is a great looking place
    Nicely captured
     
  3. mrwhite

    mrwhite 28DL Regular User
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    Cheers man :-)
     
  4. green godess

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    Hello Mr White, truly amazing photos from you and I compliment you on their publication and for sharing with us all.

    I've often wondered what was really inside the bowels of this building.

    All very interesting and thanks for posting

    G.G.
     
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  5. mrwhite

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    It's a truly amazing place green godess
     
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    Nice :) thank you for sharing :p
     
  7. green godess

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    Are we viewing Smithfield Meat Market, or a section of Billingsgate Fish Market. Sorry if I seem a little confused, as you mentioned railway connection beneath the market. I know Smithfields did have a railway connection (at one time).

    G.G.
     
  8. WildBoyz

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    Very nice. Really sharp photos :thumb
     
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    This is a section of the Smithfields meat market. It did indeed have a rail connection, more specifically to the the city widened lines (former Thames link) through the GWR Smithfields goods depo. From what I can gather, the meat would be shipped in via rail and stop off at GWR Smithfields goods depo to be loaded onto and into the different market sections (usually would go straight to the cold storage in the basement of this building afaik). In fact I think they'd use a cart system of their own on small rails that they'd push. Unfortunately this is separated from the market's cold stores rather annoyingly with big sheets of metal. it sits below the car park (now Crossrail) But above the new Cross rail Excavations. Still derelict, but monitored by Crossrail in case it causes movement or subsidence. After Crossrail are finished with it, it'll be handed back to London Underground who will use it as sidings to store (I think) Circle line stock at night.
     
  10. Lancashire lad

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    looks great id love a bash at this, did you get up that clock room or is it just wall mounted??
     
  11. Hutchy1995

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    loving the 3rd picture, good report mate :thumb
     
  12. mrwhite

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    Nah it's just wall mounted
     
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    Nice pics fella :thumb of the er.......Market ;)

    Can you go back & move the 110V lighting as it ruins the pic for me lol
     
  14. mrwhite

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    Lol really? Haha il do it when I switch my laptop on again
     
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    It's been a while since I've seen anything from here. Sure it's the fish market though?
     
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