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Mr Monkey in London, March 4th

"I bet it's busier on weekdays"

Mr Monkey examining the doors to one of the aisles off the Grand Arcade Mr Monkey looking at a row of butcher's stalls

Mr Monkey scampered into Smithfields Meat Market. Smithfields was the main place for the slaughter and sale of cattle from the middle ages up to 1855, when live sales were moved to Islington. Work on an enclosed market, based on Paxton's Crystal Palace, began in 1851 and was finished in 1868. The new market was designed by Henry Jones and had refrigerated stores and an underground railway to the major stations. Though the market was shut for the weekend, Mr Monkey found that some of the doors were open, and considered investigating the butcher's stalls.

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