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Pictured: How Smithfield’s Poultry Market will look when it reopens as home of the Museum of London

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Eye-opening pictures have given a glimpse of how London’s historic Smithfield Market on Grand Avenue will appear when it reopens in 2025 as the new home of the Museum of London. 

Smithfield’s 1960s poultry market has been shut since November last year and its annex is set to become the capital’s new museum, which is moving just half a mile from its old location at London Wall.

The museum’s old building, located near the iconic Barbican, was due to be converted into a concert hall, but the project has been paused. 

The new site at Smithfield is noticeably bigger, including a large covered area for events allowing more room for exhibitions. 

A design of what the exterior look like when it has been redesigned as the Museum of London's new home

A design of what the exterior look like when it has been redesigned as the Museum of London’s new home

Pictured is Smithfield's Poultry market shortly before it closed

Pictured is Smithfield’s Poultry market shortly before it closed

The iconic Smithfield's market has been shut since November 2022 to carry out the work

The iconic Smithfield’s market has been shut since November 2022 to carry out the work

The Smithfield's 1960s poultry market and annex is due to reopen as home of the Museum of London

The Smithfield’s 1960s poultry market and annex is due to reopen as home of the Museum of London

A group of men stand around King Charles as he visits Smithfield Market in 1980

A group of men stand around King Charles as he visits Smithfield Market in 1980

A butcher holds a pig's head at Smithfield market in central London in 2006

A butcher holds a pig’s head at Smithfield market in central London in 2006

This image shows what the poultry market is expected to look like after reopening as the London Museum

This image shows what the poultry market is expected to look like after reopening as the London Museum

Smithfield meat porters loading meat on to Army lorries driven by RASC troops at Smithfield Market in London, England, during a strike

Smithfield meat porters loading meat on to Army lorries driven by RASC troops at Smithfield Market in London, England, during a strike

A large skylight window goes along the ceiling in this visualisation as people are depicted sitting down in the space

A large skylight window goes along the ceiling in this visualisation as people are depicted sitting down in the space 

An salesman laughs as he stands among the turkeys hanging by their feet near Christmas time

An salesman laughs as he stands among the turkeys hanging by their feet near Christmas time

Iconic: Men inspecting meat at Smithfield Market, City of London in 1903

Iconic: Men inspecting meat at Smithfield Market, City of London in 1903

Architectural plans show a green space with many different species of plant, along with a seating area

Architectural plans show a green space with many different species of plant, along with a seating area 

A photo shows scene in Smithfield Market where souvenir editions of newspapers were quickly bought and read by the market porters

A photo shows scene in Smithfield Market where souvenir editions of newspapers were quickly bought and read by the market porters

The Museum of London are moving just half a mile from their old space near the Barbican

The Museum of London are moving just half a mile from their old space near the Barbican 

British bantam weight champion Alan Rudkin works at Smithfield Meat Market in London 2 days per week in 1970

British bantam weight champion Alan Rudkin works at Smithfield Meat Market in London 2 days per week in 1970

The new site is due to be particularly bigger, including a large covered area for events

The new site is due to be particularly bigger, including a large covered area for events

This rendering displays people walking down some stairs to go to a different exhibit

This rendering displays people walking down some stairs to go to a different exhibit 

Meat porters shifting baskets, which have been unloaded from the early meat train to Smithfield Market, London, January 1870

Meat porters shifting baskets, which have been unloaded from the early meat train to Smithfield Market, London, January 1870

A birds-eye view drawn up by Stanton Williams Architects of what the new building will look like

A birds-eye view drawn up by Stanton Williams Architects of what the new building will look like

Butchers stand around at Smithfield meat market in London in 1935

Butchers stand around at Smithfield meat market in London in 1935

A visualisation shows people walking on a cobbled street outside the Smithfield's market

A visualisation shows people walking on a cobbled street outside the Smithfield’s market 

Shoppers looking for a last minute bargain gather around the poulterers stalls in Charterhouse Street close to Smithfield Market as the turkey auctions begin on Christmas Eve in 1953

Shoppers looking for a last minute bargain gather around the poulterers stalls in Charterhouse Street close to Smithfield Market as the turkey auctions begin on Christmas Eve in 1953

Architectural visualisations show the outside of the new Museum of London

Architectural visualisations show the outside of the new Museum of London 

Irene Moffatt took a trip down to Smithfield market in 1969. She is wearing a swimsuit, hat, slippers and goggles made entirely of turkey feathers

Irene Moffatt took a trip down to Smithfield market in 1969. She is wearing a swimsuit, hat, slippers and goggles made entirely of turkey feathers

A rendering of what the new entrance will look like, with a sign that says 'Londoners unite for London nights'

A rendering of what the new entrance will look like, with a sign that says ‘Londoners unite for London nights’ 

A picture of the renowned Smithfield market in London in 1960. Customers and butchers gather around the stock

A picture of the renowned Smithfield market in London in 1960. Customers and butchers gather around the stock

The new site is due to be particularly bigger which will allow more room for exhibitions

The new site is due to be particularly bigger which will allow more room for exhibitions

Traders at Smithfield Market in London auction Christmas turkeys in 1953

Traders at Smithfield Market in London auction Christmas turkeys in 1953

Stanton Williams Architects have drawn up a general view of what the new space will look like

Stanton Williams Architects have drawn up a general view of what the new space will look like

Traders and shoppers moving between rows of animal carcasses at Smithfield Market in 1979

Traders and shoppers moving between rows of animal carcasses at Smithfield Market in 1979

One of the entrances to the new Museum of London, as a man depicted walking through a door

One of the entrances to the new Museum of London, as a man depicted walking through a door 

Smithfield workers having a pint or two in the public bar of the Victoria Public House in 1975

Smithfield workers having a pint or two in the public bar of the Victoria Public House in 1975

A rendering of an Museum of London exhibition, with different dates marked along the floor

A rendering of an Museum of London exhibition, with different dates marked along the floor 

Workers put the final touches to the New Smithfield poultry market in London in 1963, which was designed by Sir Thomas Bennet

Workers put the final touches to the New Smithfield poultry market in London in 1963, which was designed by Sir Thomas Bennet

An area leading to different spaces such as a chat rom, the market, a reading room and a different section altogether

An area leading to different spaces such as a chat rom, the market, a reading room and a different section altogether 

A birds-eye view of the historic space in designs made by Stanton Williams Architects

A birds-eye view of the historic space in designs made by Stanton Williams Architects 

Despite its history, the 800-year-old market receives only a fraction of the footfall of Covent Garden, Bloomberg reports, but that may change once the museum opens. 

Paul Williams, Director of Stanton Williams Architects, which is designing the new space, said: ‘We are immensely excited about being given the opportunity to work with the Museum of London on this wonderfully challenging project – participating in an endeavour that will transform an area of London that has such a rich history, but sadly has been in decline for many years.’

Loyal shoppers at Smithfield can look forward to new wholesale mega-market, which is due to open in 2027, occupying a 42-acre site at Dagenham Dock.

The meat sellers from Smithfield’s market will occupy this new plot alongside traders from New Billingsgate and New Spitalfields, which are wholesale fish, fruit and flower markets.

However, the Evening Standard reports that traders said this move will have a ‘big impact’ on their businesses. 

One independent trader said: ‘I think it will have profound impact on all the businesses once Smithfield is moved to a site like that,’ he said.

‘I don’t think we’re going to have the room to do what we do as wholesalers now.’

However, they added the merger of markets would have some benefit, adding: ‘If and when we move we would benefit from being with the fish and the fruit and veg companies in one big market – that we’re interested in.’

Villains, wars, and lots of flesh… the amazing history of London’s old Smithfield Market 

A painting from the 1800s shows livestock traders negotiating with customers at the historic market

A painting from the 1800s shows livestock traders negotiating with customers at the historic market

Smithfield is the largest and oldest EU approved wholesale meat market in the country. 

The large London market, designed by architect Sir Horace Jones, is over 140 years old, set up in 1860 by an Act of Parliament on Charterhouse Street. Livestock, however, has been traded on the site for around 900 years. 

Originally known as Smoothfield, the area was a large open space just outside the city boundaries on the edge of St Bartholomew’s Priory, used as a vast recreational area in the 12th century where jousts and tournaments took place. 

By the late Middle Ages the area had become the most famous livestock market in the country.

Smithfield was used as a place of execution for criminals, including Wat Tyler, leader of the Peasants’ Revolt, and Scottish hero William Wallace, from the early 13th century. 

It was also the location of Bartholomew Fair – three days of three days of merrymaking, dancing, selling and music which over the centuries became the most debauched and drunken holiday in the calendar.     

The market was closed during the Second World War for storage purposes, and to act as the theatre of secret British government experiments – and was even bombed during the Blitz.

Its original Poultry Market, now a Grade-II listed building was destroyed by a fire in 1958, but was reopened in the 1960s.  

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‘Britain’s shortest house’ measuring just 6ft 5ins tall which ‘dates back to 1758’ goes to auction

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Room for a little one! ‘Britain’s shortest house’ measuring just 6ft 5ins tall which ‘dates back to 1758’ goes to auction with £70,000 guide price

  • ‘Britain’s shortest house’ is just 6ft 5ins tall and is on the market for only £70K
  • The unique property is found in the village of Newton Poppleford near Sidmouth

‘Britain’s shortest house’ standing at just 6ft 5ins tall has gone on sale – for the relatively small price of £70,000.

The unique property, with ceilings that may skim the tops of some heads, is found in the village of Newton Poppleford near Sidmouth, Devon.

As its name implies, Ye Olde Toll House is a former toll house, which is believed to date back to 1758.

Its yellow exterior is topped off with a thatched roof, covering walls which stand no higher than an average front door.

Despite its miniature size the interior houses an entrance porch, living room, small kitchen, a shower room and one bedroom.

The unique property, with ceilings that may skim the tops of some heads, is found in the village of Newton Poppleford near Sidmouth, Devon

The unique property, with ceilings that may skim the tops of some heads, is found in the village of Newton Poppleford near Sidmouth, Devon

The unique 6ft 5ins property, that may skim the tops of some heads, is found in the village of Newton Poppleford near Sidmouth, Devon

The unique 6ft 5ins property, that may skim the tops of some heads, is found in the village of Newton Poppleford near Sidmouth, Devon

On the listing, Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers described the property as: 'A charming detached thatched Toll House for updating'

On the listing, Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers described the property as: ‘A charming detached thatched Toll House for updating’

There’s also an outdoor space with a log store area and attic space for extra storage.

On the listing, Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers described the property as: ‘A charming detached thatched Toll House for updating.

‘This unique single storey property is believed to date back to 1758 and is situated in the popular East Devon village of Newton Poppleford, which is only four miles from the popular seaside town of Sidmouth.

‘The property is likely to be of interest to a home owner or those looking for a lock-up and leave bolt hole. It could also be of interest to investment purchasers.’

Bidding for the property currently sits at £70k.

You can join the auction here.

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That’s potty! Grade II Listed cottage on sale is mocked for having a toilet in a children’ bedroom

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A Grade II listed cottage on sale for £450,000 has been mocked for having a toilet in the middle of one of the bedrooms.

The detached historic home in Colne, near Burnley, Lancashire, boasts a wealth of original features including mullion windows, inglenook stone fireplace and stone stills. 

But home hunters have been scratching their heads at the design choice of a loo and sink in what appears to be a child’s bedroom. 

The toilet has also been adorned with a large sticker featuring Marvel Comic character, Hulk, matching a small novelty Marvel laundry bin to its side.

Bemused Marie Gardiner said: ‘My friend sent me this from Rightmove and it’s freaking me out.

The toilet has also been adorned with a large sticker featuring Marvel Comic character, Hulk, matching a small novelty Marvel laundry bin to its side

The toilet has also been adorned with a large sticker featuring Marvel Comic character, Hulk, matching a small novelty Marvel laundry bin to its side

‘Somehow the layout is wrong in every room. Kid’s bedroom is also a toilet.’

Lydia Jane said: ‘That’s an OCD nightmare. Who builds a shower cubicle in front of a bedroom window?’

Marie added: ‘I thought it was maybe a stand up tanning thing?!

To which Lydia replied: ‘Might be, but still.’

It is listed in the property description which reads: ‘One of the bedrooms is separate to the others which is accessed via the spiral staircase and has a WC and wash basin.’

The quaint home features a large modern, living room diner and kitchen with a range oven and has a homely feel.

Three of the bedrooms are located in the main building with the fourth in an annex.

Other interesting features include what appears to be a stand up tanning booth in one of the other bedrooms, and wooden animals in the garden.

Other interesting features include what appears to be a stand up tanning booth in one of the other bedrooms

Other interesting features include what appears to be a stand up tanning booth in one of the other bedrooms

The key features include it being in a ‘sought after location,’ having a ‘fully fitted modern kitchen,’ ‘three bedrooms’ and ‘large private gardens.’

It is on the market with Petty Real Estate Agents and being advertised on Rightmove.

The property listing reads: ‘Beautiful three bedroom semi detached Grade II Listed cottage situated in a highly sought after semi rural location near to the amenities offered by Colne town centre.

‘This historic building which formed part of the old Carry Bridge Hall has a wealth of original features throughout such as, mullion windows, inglenook stone fireplace and stone stills.

‘The property comprises an entrance hallway with storage cupboard, spacious lounge diner with original stone flagged floor, inglenook stone fireplace with multifuel stove, spiral staircase and patio doors leading to the garden.

‘Fully fitted kitchen which houses a range of modern matching wall, base and drawer units, contrasting granite work surfaces, range oven, dishwasher and stairs leading to the first floor.

‘To the first floor is a landing there are three double bedrooms.

The 'beautiful three bedroom semi detached Grade II Listed cottage' has three of the bedrooms located in the main building with the fourth in an annex

The ‘beautiful three bedroom semi detached Grade II Listed cottage’ has three of the bedrooms located in the main building with the fourth in an annex

Th property listing boasts of a 'spacious lounge diner with original stone flagged floor, inglenook stone fireplace' and a spiral staircase

Th property listing boasts of a ‘spacious lounge diner with original stone flagged floor, inglenook stone fireplace’ and a spiral staircase

The quaint home features a large modern, living room diner with a prial staircase which can be used to access some of the bedrooms

 The quaint home features a large modern, living room diner with a prial staircase which can be used to access some of the bedrooms

The three piece family bathroom has a 'contemporary suite which includes a bath with shower over, low level WC and wash basin and is fully tiled throughout'

The three piece family bathroom has a ‘contemporary suite which includes a bath with shower over, low level WC and wash basin and is fully tiled throughout’

Petty Real Estate Agents, with whom the property is up on the market,  described how the property's kitchen 'has a homely feel'

Petty Real Estate Agents, with whom the property is up on the market,  described how the property’s kitchen ‘has a homely feel’

Original features in this historic home near Burnley, Lancashire include mullion windows

Original features in this historic home near Burnley, Lancashire include mullion windows

The four-bedroom home in the 'sought after location' has patio doors leading to the garden

The four-bedroom home in the ‘sought after location’ has patio doors leading to the garden

The 'fully fitted kitchen' features a 'modern matching wall, base and drawer units, contrasting granite work surfaces, range oven, dishwasher and stairs leading to the first floor'

The ‘fully fitted kitchen’ features a ‘modern matching wall, base and drawer units, contrasting granite work surfaces, range oven, dishwasher and stairs leading to the first floor’

There is a large private garden area to the rear which is 'mainly laid to the lawn'

There is a large private garden area to the rear which is ‘mainly laid to the lawn’ 

‘One of the bedrooms is separate two the others which is accessed via the spiral staircase and has a WC and wash basin.

‘Three piece family bathroom has a contemporary suite which includes a bath with shower over, low level WC and wash basin and is fully tiled throughout.

‘Detached annex with lounge & fully fitted kitchen, three piece shower room and double bedroom.

‘Externally there is a driveway leading to a courtyard where there is parking for several vehicles and a detached garage which has power and lighting.

‘The owners have created a woodland activity area which is perfect for your young children. There is a large private garden area to the rear which is mainly laid to the lawn.’

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‘Time capsule’ country house which has been left untouched for decades on sale for £1.65million

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A ‘time capsule’ country house left untouched for decades has gone on the market for £1.65m with 25 acres of overgrown grounds included. 

Burnells Estate on Exmoor National Park is nearly a century old but has not been lived in for at least 20 years as the current owner, who lives abroad, bought it to use as a retirement home and never got round to it. 

Estate agents Webbers have cleared the terrace around the outdoor swimming pool to show buyers the potential it has.

The house also has hunting rights over a neighbouring 81 acres of woodland and stunning countryside views of surrounding Exmoor.

Burnells estate was first built in 1927 for Lord Christopher Thomson, a British Army officer and later Labour minister and peer. 

The overgrown Burnells Estate on Exmoor National Park is on sale for a cool £1.65m

The overgrown Burnells Estate on Exmoor National Park is on sale for a cool £1.65m

The house was first built in the 1927s for Lord Christopher Thomson, a British Army officer and later Labour minister and peer

The house was first built in the 1927s for Lord Christopher Thomson, a British Army officer and later Labour minister and peer

The house in its former glory is quite the sight
It hasn't been lived in for over 20 years

The house has been left to decay for 20 years and is now overgrown and in need of renovation

He served in the Second Boer War and the First World War before going into politics.

Thomson was Secretary of State for Air under Ramsey MacDonald, who made him Baron Thomson in 1924. 

He died in the R101 airship crash on its maiden flight from Britain to France in 1930.

The accident was partly down to Lord Thomson putting pressure on to make the maiden flight before safety checks were complete and adequate flight testing had been done.

It led to the deaths of 48 people and the cancellation of the British airship programme by Thomson’s successor.

The house has an incredible private setting in the countryside, down a country lane between the villages of Dunster and Wootton Courtenay in Somerset.

The house has over 4,000 sq ft of living space with a large entrance hall, kitchen, breakfast room, dining room and a large L-shaped sitting room on the ground floor and eight bedrooms and three bathrooms on the first floor.

It has plenty of original features including exposed ceiling beams, ornate plasterwork and original fireplaces. 

The kitchen has an oil-fired Aga and adjoining butler’s pantry with original full-height crockery and storage cupboards.

There is also a large garage with a studio above.

The kitchen is spacious, airy and comes equipped with an AGA for clean country living

The kitchen is spacious, airy and comes equipped with an AGA for clean country living 

The inside of the house could use some work but has enough period features to fall in love with

The inside of the house could use some work but has enough period features to fall in love with 

The entertainment room has a large authentic log fire - perfect for winter nights

The entertainment room has a large authentic log fire – perfect for winter nights 

Outside the property has a number of slate terraces that would have originally made up the formal gardens and there is a sunken swimming pool from the house’s heyday. 

The grounds include mixed woodland, heathland and paddocks.

Mark Curran, from Webbers, said: ‘The house has not been occupied for at least 20 years and is a time capsule from the era of art deco.

‘The woodland and foliage has grown up around the property and offers people the possibility of a virtual blank canvas for their own preference and ideas.

‘The interior of the house could be remodelled to suit more modern tastes or enlarged.’

The property, which is in a national park, has nearly 25 acres of grounds

The property, which is in a national park, has nearly 25 acres of grounds

The house has hunting rights over a neighbouring 81 acres of woodland and stunning countryside views of Exmoor National Park

The house has hunting rights over a neighbouring 81 acres of woodland and stunning countryside views of Exmoor National Park

The owner Robert Berg said: ‘I was over in the UK for business and staying in a hotel that I really disliked, so I asked my accountant to help me find a home for when I was here.

‘I purchased the property back in 1979 and lived there permanently until 1983. I’ve used it as my holiday home ever since, until personal circumstances changed for me in recent years.

‘Unfortunately, I have not been back as often as I would have liked, so I think the time is right for me to move on and let new owners breathe life back into it. It is in need of renovation but I know it will make a truly unique home.

‘This is not a normal house; it must have been a very expensive project when it was built and it was constructed in the most perfect manner set over five slate terraces.

‘There is a swimming pool on the second terrace that is a wonderful luxury. Surrounded by woodland and beautiful trees, it offers a most welcome escape from the stresses of day-to-day life.

‘Views from the house are far reaching over scenic countryside that changes with the passing seasons.

‘Access to the property is via a private road which is about 500m long and not many people know that it’s here unless they are coming to visit.

‘I have loved my time living here, it’s been a really wonderful house, and I wish the new owners all the very best.’

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