Save Smithfield

Save Smithfield Market London may soon be deprived of another historic, sustainable, perfectly good architectural landmark, and it its place will sit a 40 year life span block of office space. It may seen like just another problem and what can we do, but you can help to save Smithfield by going signing this online petition, it takes 30 seconds. More background: Several buildings of the famous Smithfield meat-market are now under threat. The general market, fish market and Red House are in a dilapidated state and the targets for demolition and redevelopment into office space by Thornfield Properties plc. The structures have been deemed to be of little historical importance or architectural merit. We are talking about the intricate, time consuming and cherished work of Victorian architect Horace Jones (designed/built Leadenhall Market, Billingsgate and Tower Bridge). It is almost crunch time. With Smithfield's fate hanging in the balance, Ruth Kelly has called a public inquiry, that was launched on 6 November. It is so obvious what should be done. Fix the buildings up, employ the wonderful basements and tunnels, and turn this quarter into a celebration of Smithfield's past (even if usage is modern). The list of Smithfield's memories is long....a market has existed here for a millennium. The hidden Fleet River still flows beneath adjacent Farringdon Street. London' s first underground railway terminated to the north of Smithfield. In one of the worst incidents in London of WWII, a V2 rocket hit the market buildings, killing 110 people and a plaque remembers this...... Why knock down sustainable, historic buildings and replace them with modern office space Use these old outhouses by all means, but dont put something in their place that will not, and is not worth sustaining. If we did this all over London it might sink! So get involved and stop this, sign the petition, forward this email, start a group on facebook. Think how long it took to build these landmarks and then how few minutes it will take you to make a difference. This is the thin end of an increasingly critical edge- it seems there is a price for most things these days.

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