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Report - Smithfield General Market, London - January 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by The_Raw, Feb 8, 2016.

  1. The_Raw

    The_Raw 28DL Regular User
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    Having seen a couple of reports from the abandoned Fish Market & Red House a few months back I'd been meaning to pop my head in here at some point. Then I noticed the huge dome roof on top of here from down the road one day and realised it wasn't the same place at all. I took a closer look and found a way inside for future use. A few days later I returned with @elliot5200 and spent a couple of hours getting round the place before it got dark. Sadly this wasn't quite enough. It's been locked up since unfortunately but I think we saw the best bits. The architecture is stunning throughout, cast iron beams and spiral staircases everywhere you look, the roof is pretty spectacular too. Most of the rooms upstairs were empty and bland with dodgy floors so I didn't waste time photographing them as daylight was fast disappearing. Here's a tiny bit of history on the place:

    Smithfield General Market is an extension of the Smithfield Meat Market. It was built between 1879 and 1883 by architect Sir Horace Jones, who also designed Tower Bridge as well as Billingsgate and Leadenhall Markets. It was originally established for the sale of fruit and vegetables. The Victorian general market site has lain empty for more than 20 years after several failed attempts to redevelop it. The Museum of London has recently made proposals for converting the space into their new premises http://londonist.com/2015/03/museum-of-london-wants-to-move-to-smithfield-market. It appears to have been abandoned for around 20 years or so although I believe Crossrail set up shop in there for a while when the Snow Hill project began.

    There's a lot more history to this area, both underground and above ground on every side of the market pretty much. Have a look on here if you're interested https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smithfield,_London

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    4. It doesn't look it from these pictures but it was really dark inside here, I had to use really long exposures.
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    8. Fish eye was the only way to capture that huge dome roof really
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    11. There were a few bits and pieces left around the place if you looked carefully
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    14. There was evidence of squatting inside this room on the corner of the building
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    I took these next shots in 2014 from the roof of the Grade II listed Central Market up the road which is still in use.

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    22. Spot the pill heads leaving Fabric [​IMG]
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    23. At the corners of the Central Market sit four domed octagonal pavilion towers. You can see a tube train disappearing into a tunnel in the distance.
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    24. Here you can see the roof of the poultry market. The original Poultry Market designed by Sir Horace Jones was destroyed by fire in 1958. Its Grade II listed replacement building was designed by Sir Thomas Bennett in 1962–63, with a reinforced concrete frame. The main hall is covered by an enormous concrete dome, shaped as an elliptical paraboloid, spanning 69m by 38m and only 3 inches (7.6 cm) thick at the centre. The dome is believed to have been the largest concrete shell structure built at that time in Europe.
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  2. Speed

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    Nice. I only ever managed a sneaky peek in that bit when the crossrail lot were dicking about in there. Looks good
     
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    nice one
     
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    I get a ton of emails from SAVE about this place. Good to see it done!
     
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    lovely stuff ;)
     
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    Nice one mate! Not only was there xrail workers but city police vans encircling that place...
     
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    Pic number 19 is a winner, loving the overhead shot :thumb
     
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    Funny you should say that, I saw them circling it 3 times on Sunday, a whole van of them bizarrely. You'd think they've got better things to do but apparently not. I think it may have something to do with the squatters that were occupying the place recently.
     
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    Probably because their station is just there.. as a few people found out one time :rolleyes:
     
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    Yeah, another over reaction by the Met Police :rolleyes:
     
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    Some cracking photographs there!
     
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    These came out rather well, especially like the fisheye rooftop shot.
    Will be interesting to see what the museum do with the place - still doesn't seem big enough in my mind.
    Is that Gav I see on the roof?
     
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    Wow, great photos!

    I only ever spent any time down in the refrigerated vaults, which were fantastic, but the market was just a means of getting there. I must say what is above ground is just as good!

    Vaults sealed now with the Crossrail stuff?
     
  14. The_Raw

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    Appeared that way yeah, pretty busy underneath here at the moment
     
  15. The_Raw

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    Yes that's a rare picture of Gav in direct sunlight :p
     
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