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Public inquiry into proposed partial demolition of Smithfield General Market to start on Tues 11 Feb

The Victorian Society and SAVE Britain’s Heritage defend Smithfield General Market, Annex and Red House

                                                                                                                      Photo ©The Victorian Society

The Public Inquiry opens at 10.00am on Tuesday 11 February 2014 and is scheduled to last for 12 days, until Friday 28 February. It is taking place in at the Basinghall Suite at the Guildhall in the City of London.

Chris Costelloe, Director of the Victorian Society is scheduled to give evidence on 20th February on the architecture and significance of Smithfield General Market and why Henderson's scheme should be refused. (Exact dates of witness evidence will vary according to the speed of inquiry.)

"Smithfield General Market is a beautiful example of Victorian Architecture. We should be treasuring this part of our heritage. What the Paris developers did to Les Halles is remembered as an act of Vandalism. Do we really want to be remembered as the generation who did the same thing to London?" said Kristin Scott Thomas, supporter of the campaign to Save Smithfield General Market.

Alan Bennett, also a supporter of Save Smithfield General Market campaign, said:  "If you go to St Bartholomew's and then walk through Smithfield, it is like walking from one cathedral to another. You wouldn't pull down St Bartholomew's, nor should you pull down Smithfield."

Chris Costelloe comments:  "Smithfield Market has a character like no other part of central London. It was built in the late 19th Century by Sir Horace Jones, architect of Billingsgate and Leadenhall markets and Tower Bridge.  Smithfield General, Meat and Poultry Markets make up the grandest procession of market buildings in Europe. Smithfield General Market is a public asset which should be preserved as a matter of national importance. We are looking forward to defending this wonderful part of the historic, architectural and commercial fabric of London."

Further details of the inquiry, including timetable and witness evidence documents submitted in advance, can be found at

The inquiry is open to members of the public who are welcome to attend in the public galleries.

Thursday 6 February, 2014

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