24th December 2012
Charterhouse Street, London EC1N 6RA
There are probably more sensible ways to spend an important chunk of the last day before Christmas – especially if Christmas Eve invariably involves last minute shopping, packing and rushing for a train to The Sticks before the service closes for the duration – but here we are, with a gathering of a hundred or so other bargain hunters, looking to get the piece of meat that will grace the dinner table tomorrow…. and possibly for a few days more.
The presence of major Crossrail/Elizabeth Line construction works nearby and the ubiquity of social media means that this once comparatively unheralded event is now a lot more popular than it used to be, and a lot of regulars get in early to bulk but enough meat to last for months. Fortunately The Gentle Author is in the crowd today as well, so he can give us his more romantic take on events. Ian seems to enjoy it as well.
Sadly, this ‘tradition’ may not be a feature of the Christmas season for much longer, and although reports of its demise have proved premature so far, redevelopment of this part of Smithfield is imminent – fortunately not by some
money-grubbing ambitiously forward thinking developers for a change, but by the august custodians of the city’s history and archives the Museum of London.
Meanwhile, make the most of our wonderful auctioneer while you still have the opportunity…