Andrea AbrilAndrea Abril

The Smithfield Market

The Smithfield livestock market is one of the oldest markets in London. It was opened in 1868 and it was defined as a “vast cathedral-like structure of ornamental cast iron, stone, Welsh slate and glass”. By the time of its construction, most of the meat arrived to the city by train and so the market included an underground area where the livestock was unloaded from the trains.

Currently, the Smithfield market is still working in full performance. In this place, the time seemed to stop long time ago. Each day, from 2.00 a. m. to 8 a. m. the market wakes up to supply meat to the city. These photographs show an old trade that survives despite the years, a work that is done during the shadows of nights but that has an effect on the day-to-day lives of a lot of the people who lives in London.