The Victorian period saw London transformed into the world's largest city and capital of the British Empire. Yet despite its wealth, it was also a city of immense poverty, with many Londoners living in cramped and unsavoury conditions. Check out some fascinating pictures from 1880 below.
Cloth Fair Source The Cynical Urbanist Lambeth Riverside Source Francisfrith Thames River Police Source Yesteryear Cloth Fair, near Smithfield c.1880 Source Davenant Horses and Hansom cabs waiting outside Victoria Station Source Yesteryear The Aldgate pump Source Pinterest Gray's Inn Lane, Holborn Source Old London St. John's Square, north of Clerkenwell Road Source Pinterest Bishopsgate Source Francisfrith View over London Source Old London Cheapside, 1880 Source Green Man Dan Old wooden bridge, Putney Source Prof Elaine Chalus Putney Aqueduct Source Old London Bermondsey Street. This was not a very desirable area in Victorian times, and many writers documented the smell of rotten Thames water. Source Green Man Dan Meux's Brewery, Tottenham Court Road Source Old London Ludgate Circus Source Pinterest Staple Inn, High Holborn, c.1880 (before the original 16th century front was discovered and restored) Source Davenant The London, Chatham and Dover Railway, Victoria Station, Wilton Road Source Rob Baker Leicester Square Source Old London Children playing Source Yesteryear Castle Street, Seven Dials. Delivering gallons of beer and porter to the 14 pubs on the street Source Joe Flanagan Hyde Park Source Old London A ship on the Thames Source Matylda S.
Last Updated 03 July 2017