General Market, Smithfields Market 2009
We take another look at the derelict Victorian market
(Photos/words © urban75, 9th February 2009)
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.
Compare these photos with ones take during previous visits in 2007.
Smithfield General Market feature
Smithfield Market feature
Sheep drive to Smithfield Market, London Biennale, 2006
Farmiloe and Farmiloe, Smithfield
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