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steeley
07-19-2012, 06:46 AM
Smithfield Market London long before we had stockyards .

Smithfield – or London Central Markets – is not just the largest EU approved wholesale meat market in the country, but the oldest too.

Originally known as Smoothfield, it was a large open space just outside the city boundaries on the edge of St Bartholomew’s Priory. (The name meant a smooth plain – but the word eventually became known as smith, a corruption of the Saxon word smeth, which meant smooth).

In the Twelfth Century it was used as a vast recreational area where jousts and tournaments took place. By the late Middle Ages the area had become the most famous livestock market in the country.

There was also a murkier side to the area, because from the early Thirteenth Century it was used as a place of execution for criminals. Wat Tyler, the leader of the Peasants’ Revolt, was executed here, as was Scottish hero William Wallace and of course, it was the location of Bartholomew Fair – three days of merrymaking, dancing, selling and music which over the centuries became the most debauched and drunken holiday in the calendar. Even so, it lasted almost 700 years before it was eventually closed in 1855

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steeley
07-19-2012, 06:51 AM
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steeley
07-19-2012, 06:54 AM
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steeley
07-19-2012, 06:58 AM
It was the play area of London, a place where joustings and tournaments took place.
Wat Tyler, one of the leaders of the Peasants’ Revolt was executed at Smithfield.
During the reign of Mary Tudor, some 200 were burnt here for their religious beliefs and opinions.
In 1305 Scottish revolutionary Sir William Wallace was put to death at Smithfield.

nice place !

some newer pictures.
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steeley
07-19-2012, 07:01 AM
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steeley
07-19-2012, 07:06 AM
There is nice pub called the Butchers Hook & Cleaver next door.
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try the fritters.
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TB_London
07-19-2012, 09:55 AM
Lol, I live 5 mins away and walk past most days. The pub isn't that great btw :D it's all about getting breakfast from the **** Inn in the market

TB_London
07-19-2012, 09:57 AM
Lol, C o c k Inn

Crothcipt
07-19-2012, 09:21 PM
:spitcoffee:

steeley
07-20-2012, 12:15 AM
Yea T.B the menu did not look that great but i liked the name and photo
speaking of the C inn
you have to go down to get in the C --- inn

you can get a stiff drink at the C --- inn

it's tough to get in

and my girlfriend loves the place

thank you try the buffet.