Wonderful Illustrations From Smithfield Market's Opening

Harry Rosehill
By Harry Rosehill Last edited 7 months ago
Wonderful Illustrations From Smithfield Market's Opening
Opening banquet at the new Smithfield Market, 1868. Illustrated London News. © Museum of London

The Museum of London has uncovered wonderful images of the opening of Smithfield Market ahead of the institution's 150th anniversary. The pictures are from Illustrated London News, in 1868.

Last day at the old market. Illustrated London News. © Museum of London

It might be the 150th anniversary of this particular market, which was designed by Horace Jones, but there's been a market on the site for much longer — over 800 years. This market shut in 1855, and there are both drawings and reports from this momentous event.

A disconsolate poem on the last day at the old market. Illustrated London News. © Museum of London

One punter writing in the newspaper is particularly distressed by the old market closing.

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Carving the Baron of Beef at the Banquet. Illustrated London News. © Museum of London

Next year, to mark the 150th anniversary, the Museum of London plans to recreate the market's debauched St Bartholomew's Fair, over August bank holiday weekend. This all precedes the museum's planned move to the new site in Smithfield, aiming to be complete by 2022 or 2023.

Last Updated 24 November 2017