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