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Smithfield Conservation Area

Smithfield Conservation Area ​[No. 8]

This conservation area is identified by its historic hospital and market buildings set within surrounding historic street network with small scale, partly residential buildings.

The Smithfield Conservation Area SPD (2MB) was adopted 18 September 2012. This document analyses the significance of the conservation area and sets out relevant policies for its preservation and enhancement.

Use the 'Conservation' tab on the City of London Interactive Map to view the conservation area boundary.

History and character summary

  • A unique character derived from an established history approaching 2000 years, and a physical fabric and street pattern which has evolved over almost 1000 years, with market use pre-dating this
  • An area unusual in the City for escaping substantial damage in the Great Fire of London (1666) and Second World War
  • A townscape with great contrasts in scale between development within the precincts of the former priory, the hospital buildings, and later grand scale engineering interventions
  • A townscape enriched by public open spaces, trees and planting.
18 April 2012
Last Modified:
24 February 2020