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.
Putney Aqueduct Source Old London Gray's Inn Lane, Holborn Source Old London Staple Inn, High Holborn, c.1880 (before the original 16th century front was discovered and restored) Source Davenant Thames River Police Source Yesteryear Cloth Fair, near Smithfield c.1880 Source Davenant Old wooden bridge, Putney Source Prof Elaine Chalus St. John's Square, north of Clerkenwell Road Source Pinterest The Aldgate pump Source Pinterest Bishopsgate Source Francisfrith Cloth Fair Source The Cynical Urbanist 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 View over London Source Old London Ludgate Circus Source Pinterest Lambeth Riverside Source Francisfrith Horses and Hansom cabs waiting outside Victoria Station Source Yesteryear Cheapside, 1880 Source Green Man Dan 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