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16 Smithfield 20.33

February 24, 2014
by the gentle author

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  1. Peter Martinelli MBE permalink
    February 28, 2014

    This is a cashiers desk in the General Market known as the “Village” the building now at the centre of a clash of developers. The building was actually called by the workers “the Japanese Village” and shortened to the “Village”. The reason for the name was it had a “Kew Gardens” style tower in the roof to try to gather the wind currents to cool the building before refrigeration was available. The Dome Roof – so proudly displayed by the “Savers” wishing to retain this old mess of a roof, is in fact a dreadful example of emergency “War Damage” repair.

    The depicted beautiful lady in the desk was an example of the client-friendly ladies who ensured that customers were made to feel welcome and part of the Smithfield family.

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