Smithfield Meat Market

Smithfield Meat Market designed by Sir Horace Jones. 1866. Photograph c. 1895. Charles Dickens's Great Expectations, which appeared serially in 1860 and 1861, describes the market this one replaced: "I came into Smithfield, and the shameful place, being all asmear with filth and fat and blood and foam, seemed to stick to me. So I rubbed it off with all possible speed by turning into a street where I saw the great black dome of St. Paul's bulging at me from behind a grim stone building which a bystander said was Newgate Prison" [GPL].

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Betjeman, John. Victorian and Edwardian London from Old Photographs. London: B. T. Batsford, 1969. Plate 164.

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