View of Smith-Field. Publish’d July 21, 1794 by I Stockdale, Piccadilly.
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In the Middle Ages Smithfield was a broad grassy space known as Smooth Field, just outside the London Wall, on the eastern bank of the River Fleet. Due to its access to grazing and water, it was used as the City’s main livestock market for nearly 1000 years.