Smithfield Market Hall

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Smithfield Market Hall
Smithfield Market Hall, Manchester.jpg
Smithfield Market Hall
view from Swan Street
General information
Type Market Hall
currently derelict
Architectural style Neoclassical
Location Manchester City Centre / Ancoats
Address 39-45 Swan Street,
Town or city Manchester
Country United Kingdom
Coordinates 53°29′08″N 2°14′06″W / 53.485473°N 2.234876°W / 53.485473; -2.234876Coordinates: 53°29′08″N 2°14′06″W / 53.485473°N 2.234876°W / 53.485473; -2.234876
Construction started 1857
Completed 1858
Design and construction
Architect Isaac Holden[1]
Architecture firm Isaac Holden and Sons

Smithfield Market Hall is a former Market Hall on Swan Street, Manchester.


Former Fish Market

The area now known as part of the Northern Quarter in Manchester was named Smithfield Market in May 1822 the potato market having moved to the area in 1820. As the market became more popular more land was acquired in 1850. Built between 1857 and 1858 and roofed over with iron trusses in 1865 the Hall replaced an earlier butchers shambles on the same site. As the area continued to expand a retail fish market was built the same year the building has since been demolished however its extension built in two stages have since survived.

At its peak in 1897 the market place covered four and a half acres in Manchester City Centre stretching from Swan Street in Ancoats in the north, Thomas Street in the Northern Quarter, Shudehill to the east and Oak Street to the west.[2][3]

In these various the public could obtain fish, meat, fruit and vegetables, its influence was such that it spread further into Ancoats and through its Italian community would spawn an ice-cream manufacturing industry.

Current status[edit]

Other parts of the market have since been converted into other uses such as the fish market whose external walls are still intact but contained within are apartments and flats. However the former market hall after a period of occupancy has remained derelict since 2008.


Smithfield Market was closed in 1972 and parts of the complex were demolished the market stalls would be relocated to Openshaw at the New Smithfield Market.[4] The Market Hall was Grade II listed in 1973.[5] [6]


  1. ^ "History of Smithfield Market". Band on the Wall. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  2. ^ "Smithfield Market". Manchester History. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  3. ^ "The Way We Were: How Smithfield set out its stall". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  4. ^ "History of Manchester's Markets". Manchester Gov. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  5. ^ "Smithfield Market Hall". English Heritage. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  6. ^ "Manchester's Mysterious Markets". Manchester Archive Plus. Retrieved 2014-07-12.