Despite the corsets, top hats and horse-drawn carriages of 19th century London, it's not all that different to today's city. Construction sites, a congested Oxford Street, and a very busy Covent Garden Market are just a few of the parallels.
Matchgirls striking against Bryant & May's inadequate provision against them developing 'phossy jaw', 1888 Source Old Pics Archive 1st Suffolk Regiment, Tower of London, 1895 Source Frontispiece Ltd Holborn Circus and Viaduct, 1894 Source 1890swriters Lower ward of Windsor Castle, 1890 Source Visit Windsor Flower seller, Ludgate Hill Station, 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints Punch advertisement for Pears Soap, May 1895 Source Pulp Librarian Upper Richmond Road, 1887 Source Old London Source Nedhardy The Illustrated London News, January 1881 Source Nika Garrett Thames frozen at Limehouse, 1895 Source The Ripper Damage at Victoria Station in 1884 after a bombing campaign Source Networkrailvic The Great Wheel, Earl's Court, 1898 Source Museumoflondonprints King's Cross, c.1885 Source Old Pics Archive A woman walking in Hyde Park in summer, 1895 Source Amateur Casual Ashburnham House dining room, 1882 Source Museumoflondonprints Map of the Hyde Park area of London, c.1881 Source Pinterest London Bridge, late 19th century Source Solarpatrick West Smithfield's Cold Air Stores under construction, 1895 Source London Life Bath Road, Chiswick, 1882 Source Museumoflondonprints The church of St Andrew Undershaft, St Mary Axe, 1891 Source Londonist A young woman waits patiently while hoops to support her crinoline are prepared, London, 1860 Source Old Pics Archive Putney Bridge, 1881 Source Museumoflondonprints Source Nedhardy Behold Leicester Square in London as it looked c.1800 Source Sir William Davenant Clapham to Putney omnibus, 1866 Source Old London On July 9, 1877, the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club began its first lawn tennis tournament at Wimbledon. The Championships is the oldest tennis tournament in the world Source Nation The Pool, 1885 Source Museumoflondonprints Historical newspaper report on the underground bomb in October 1883 Source Britishnewspaperarchive Bombed carriages, Aldersgate Station, 1897 Source Museumoflondonprints Source Old London Tower Bridge close to completion, 1894 Source Old London Source Nedhardy Original manuscript of Alice's Adventures Under Ground, illustrated by the author (Lewis Carroll), 1882 Source Bibliophilia Tower Bridge, 1892 Source Eric G. E. Zuelow Upper Pool of the Thames, c.1885 Source Museumoflondonprints Frozen Thames, 1895 Source Old Pics Archive Covent Garden Flower Sellers, c 1890 Source Old Pics Archive Victoria Embankment, before and after Bazalgette's master plan Source Amateur Casual London boroughs in 1895 Source Buzzfeed Street vendor, London, 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints Source Lost In History Coach horses slipping at Ludgate, 1889 print Source Old Print Ludgate Circus, 1890 Source Old London A horse hauling coal at Victoria Dock, London, 1898 Source 1890swriters Princes Street London with the Bank of England on the right, 1890s Source Bbc Interior of Crystal Palace during The Great Exhibition of 1851 Source Textilis Engraving of Newgate in Tudor times, drawn in 1894 Source Museumoflondonprints Source Londonhistorian King's Cross, 1800s Source Old London Jumbo the first African elephant at London Zoo, circa 1870 Source Zsl Jack the Ripper pamphlet, 1888 Source Old London Covent Garden Market in full swing, 1890 Source Londonhistorian Descriptive map of London poverty, 1889 Source Museumoflondonprints Historical newspaper engraving of the underground bombing, October 1883 Source Britishnewspaperarchive St Pancras station, 1890s Source Olde Britain London, 1883 Source Nedhardy District Line construction outside Somerset House, 1869 Source Pinterest Oxford Street, late 19th century Source Londonhistorian An early recording studio, set up in the rooms of the Cockburn Hotel, London, 1898 Source 1890swriters In 1896 Source Olde Britain A winter scene in Hampstead, London in the 19th century Source Sir William Davenant Construction site to the west of Waterloo Bridge, 1866-1870 Source Old London Ella Sykes, photographed in London as 'A Persian Lady', 1898 Source 1890swriters Construction of the Blackwall Tunnel, 1892 Source Old Pics Archive Love Angel crossroads, London, 1895 Source Auntie Mabel View of the Egyptian Court inside the Crystal Palace, 1854 Source Classic Pics Peepshow at the fair, London, 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints Source Nedhardy Baker Street, 1895 Source Londonhistorian London, 1883 Source Nedhardy 164 Fenchurch Street, 25th September 1888 Source 19thcenturyphotos Tower Bridge construction, 1892 Source Londonhistorian Construction work on the Central Line, 1898 Source Londonhistorian The drawing room at 18 Clarendon Square, 1890 Source Clc Archive Reflections on the Thames by moonlight, c.1880 by John Atkinson Grimshaw Source Sir William Davenant Source Nedhardy A policeman questions a young, crying boy who intended to fish in the fountain on Trafalgar Square, London, 1892 Source Classic Pics Obaysch the hippo in 1870 Source Zsl Engraving of 'Ye Olde Fancy Fayre', held at the Royal Albert Hall on 8th June 1881 Source Victoriancalendar The Bayswater Omnibus, George William Joy, 1895 Source Dr Liv Gibbs Fair on Chelsea Bridge Road, 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints Cloth Fair, 1880 Source The Cynical Urbanist Big Ben, 1890s Source Joe Flanagan Illustrated Police News, the trial of Oscar Wilde, 1895 Source Prof.Frank Mc Donough Sarah Bernhardt as Empress Theodora, London, 1884 Source Lyn Maccorkle Source The Ice Age
A very early photograph of London showing Nelson's Column under construction, 1844 Source Sir William Davenant
Last Updated 07 April 2017