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Victorian Society applies for Smithfield General Market and Fish Market to be listed

New listing application submitted for these threatened buildings







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The Victorian Society has today submitted listing applications for the General Market and Fish Market at Smithfield in London.

The future of the buildings is due to be determined at a public inquiry that starts tomorrow.  In this the Victorian Society and SAVE Britain's Heritage are opposing plans by Henderson Global Investors to demolish large parts of these historic buildings and replace them with offices. 

Chris Costelloe, Director of the Victorian Society, commented that: "While preparing its proofs of evidence for the Inquiry the Society concluded that a strong case could be made to list these buildings and that previous listing assessments were flawed.  In particular the engineering importance of the market hall of the General Market, due to be demolished under current plans, has not been adequately addressed.  This is an innovative and ingenious structure, based on the modular structural system pioneered by the Crystal Palace.  English Heritage researchers have stated that the General Market 'is a building of substantial engineering interest,' an assessment we share."

"Its interior is also a magnificent space that very few Londoners have been able to see for many years.  We hope that English Heritage will now take this opportunity to give the General Market and Fish Market the protection that they deserve."


Monday 10 February, 2014

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