Swift's, Smithfield Market, City of London

Swift's, Smithfield Market, City of London
Photograph taken December 1928 © Reproduced by permission of Historic England Archive ref: BL 29364/05

The stalls at Smithfield Market were often elaborately decorated; especially at Christmas. Swift's 1928 display not only had a magnificent porcine show, but also featured a stack of goods constructed to resemble a Christmas tree, at the foot of which was a seasonal domestic scene made entirely from lard! This building was constructed in 1851-66 by Horace Jones just before it became the London Meat Market.