Stop the gutting of Smithfield General Market and list it.
  • Petitioning Ed Vaizey, Heritage Minister

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Ed Vaizey, Heritage Minister

Stop the gutting of Smithfield General Market and list it.

    1. Petition by

      SAVE Britain's Heritage

Hanging in the balance is one of the grandest processions of market buildings in Europe. Directly under threat are the Smithfield General Market buildings, which comprise of three blocks - the General Market, the Annex (formerly the fish market), which is joined to the ‘Red House’ (a cold store) and finally the diminutive lavatory block. These are high quality buildings by a pre-eminent Victorian architect, former City surveyor Horace Jones, built between 1879-1899. They are key buildings in the Smithfield Conservation Area and should be listed. They form part of an enclave of historic buildings unlike any other in the City, retaining a powerful historic and architectural sense of place.


Smithfield is becoming one of London’s major centres. The question of its heritage has never been more important as visitor numbers increase. The site connects the Barbican with Holborn Circus and Fleet Street, while Charterhouse, Hatton Garden, Clerkenwell, Barts and the City all nestle around it. What the City chooses to do with the General Market will set a precedent for the future of the entire market complex. It must be treated as an ensemble, with a complete roofscape rather than broken up piecemeal. Heritage must be at the centre of any new development if it is to serve London and thrive in the long term. 

Wake up City planners and Aldermen! Smithfield Market ranks as one of London’s chief public spaces that should be serving the city and its visitors. 

Do not allow the gutting of Smithfield General Market! 




Ed Vaizey, Heritage Minister
Stop the gutting of Smithfield General Market and list it.

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    1. We did it! Smithfield General Market has been saved!

      Dear Supporters,

      We did it! Smithfield General Market has been saved!

      Yesterday morning the result of the public inquiry into the future of Smithfield General Market was announced. We are delighted to report that after hearing all the evidence from both sides, the Inspector and the Secretary of State have refused planning permission for the scheme by Henderson Global Investors.

      The scheme would have seen nearly 75% of the historic fabric of these splendid buildings lost, and replaced with new build office blocks rising above the retained facades.

      In his letter, the Secretary of State considers that the application would “have an extremely harmful effect on the significance of the General Market” and “Annex Market,” and would “cause substantial harm to the significance of Western Market buildings, both individually and as an integral part of the Smithfield market complex.”

      Moreover, the alternative approach developed by SAVE and the Victorian Society, working with Urban Space Management and Cathedral Group, was found to be “sufficiently convincing to indicate that such a regeneration scheme would be possible, viable, and deliverable.”

      The full inspectors report can be read here:

      This is a major victory for conservation, and your help and support were essential factors in such a positive outcome. Thank you!

      SAVE is very small charity with 3.5 members of staff. We are entirely reliant upon donations, and we receive no public funding. The cost of fighting this public inquiry has been very significant – some £40,000 worth of costs have been incurred in professional fees, staff time, and supplies. Thanks to generous donations, we have managed to cover c. £25,000 of these costs, but we are still short. Every donation, regardless of size, helps SAVE to continue fighting cases such as these. Please consider donating to SAVE, and spreading the word about the work we do.

      Donations can be made via paypal - – or by cheque, made payable to SAVE Britain’s Heritage, and sent to 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ.

      Very best wishes and thanks for your support,

      Clem Cecil

    2. Reached 4,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • jane Butcher LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      We are losing so many of the old buildings to vile Boris approved high-rise modern uglies. We need to preserve our history. Tourists come for that not to see High-rises they can see ANYWHERE.

      • 4 months ago

      Vital we preserve key historical sites for future generations, they can not be re-created. It is criminal to demolish such beautiful architecture in favour of a corporate scheme which probably won't stand the test of time.

      • 4 months ago

      Smithfield is a vital part of London's heritage. Already far too much of this historic capital has been sacrificed to unnecessary, irreversible, soul-less destruction. Smithfield has a unique character which must be protected for posterity, not sacrificed to the short-term prosperity of a minority.

      • 4 months ago

      Because everytime i visit london i go to smithfield. If this is pulled down we will never see the likes of it again. They will put up a nasty glass building

    • Caroline Ingman LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      because it is our city's heritage and history and we should preserve it - not make way for soulessness.


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