Rebels, Radicals and Rough Justice: Historic Clerkenwell
Walk to St Bartholomew the Great
This road can get a little busy, so let’s cross to the other side via the pedestrian crossing just to your left. Once you’re safely across, turn right and keep walking, keeping Smithfield Market on your right.
While you walk, listen to a quote from Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist about the state of the cattle market before the magnificent Smithfield Market was built:“The ground was covered ankle deep with filth and mire; and a thick steam perpetually rising from the reeking bodies of the cattle and mingling with the fog which seemed to rest upon the chimney tops hung heavily above .... Countrymen, butchers, drovers, hawkers, boys, thieves, idlers and vagabonds of every low grade were mingled together in a dense mass."