This is picture of Smithfield Market in 1900, Smithfield Market was in the Shude Hill area and close to the centre of Manchester.
The market in its heyday in the late 19th/ early 20th Century was reputed to be the largest market in Europe and continued until it was finally closed in 1972, only to reopen the following year in Openshaw as New Smithfield Wholesale Market, where it remains today.
The history of markets in Manchester can be traced back to William the Conqueror’s invasion of Britain in 1066, for which the Manor of Manchester was given the right under law to hold markets and fairs.
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