Traffic congestion near Smithfield Market, with a number of horse-drawn and motor vans, and two bicycle-delivery boys. Some of the Market buildings can be seen in the background. A J T Hart & Sons van (foreground right) appears to be being either loaded or unloaded goods.
Photographed by Topical Press, 1920
Location: Smithfield, EC1
Image no: 15449
Inventory no: 1998/44828
20th Century London caption: Horse-drawn and motor vans crowd round Smithfield Market delivering and collecting goods. Smithfield is London's largest meat market. Covering an area of 10 acres, it has stood on this site, just outside the old City walls, for 800 years. The Victorian market was built directly above railway lines, so meat could be delivered directly from all over the country. J T Hart & Sons, one of the traders at the market, was still in business here in 1938, judging by the presence of another of the company vans in a photo of that date.