Thomas Ford have been trading at Smithfield Meat Market since 1890! Steve is the latest “Ford” to run this great family business – he joined the company in 1966. He has been recently joined by his youngest son, Ashley, who is aiming to take the company well into the 21st century. With over 125 years of experience, we know what you need so if there are any items you cannot find on the website then it doesn’t mean we don’t supply them so feel free to give us a call to discuss any further matters.
Smithfield Meat Market
The presence of a market in the heart of the City of London dates back to the 11th century when an area, known then as Smithfield, situated just north of the existing Smithfield Market, was used for horse sales and public executives.
In 1638 the Corporation of London offcially established it as a cattle market – a market which was to become the largest live market in the world.
An Act of Parliament, in 1852, condemned Smithfield as a live stock market for environmental reasons and criminal activity which were prevalent by the ever increasing congestion of animals, wagons and traders converging on this historical site.
Smithfield Market, the structure of which still stands today, was reopened in 1968 as a dead meat market. During the 20th century it has withstood changes and expectations, particularly those in recent years placed upon the Corporation by Britain’s involvement in the common market.
Thomas Ford (Smithfield) Ltd has also withstood the test of time, surviving the world wars and economic hardships. However, this family firm is now the only existing butchers sundries firm which still retains a presence at the market. We have appreciated and valued all the custom over the past years and welcome the opportunity to continue supplying sundry items throughout the UK and beyond. We will all always endeavour to meet your needs and can assure you an effcient and competitive service.