In Pictures: London In The 19th Century

In Pictures: London In The 19th Century

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.

Map of the Hyde Park area of London, c.1881
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A horse hauling coal at Victoria Dock, London, 1898
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The Illustrated London News, January 1881
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Matchgirls striking against Bryant & May's inadequate provision against them developing 'phossy jaw', 1888
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The Prince of Wales sleighing on the Thames Embankment, 1881
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Love Angel crossroads, London, 1895
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Bombed carriages, Aldersgate Station, 1897
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Reflections on the Thames by moonlight, c.1880 by John Atkinson Grimshaw
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Street traders in the New Cut, 1893
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Obaysch the hippo in 1870
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Damage at Victoria Station in 1884 after a bombing campaign
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Oxford Street, late 19th century
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Behold Leicester Square in London as it looked c.1800
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Engraving of Newgate in Tudor times, drawn in 1894
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London boroughs in 1895
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164 Fenchurch Street, 25th September 1888
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Construction work on the Central Line, 1898
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White Hart Yard Inn, Southwark, 1881
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Frozen Thames, 1895
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Matchseller, London, 1893
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View of the Egyptian Court inside the Crystal Palace, 1854
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Tower Bridge construction, 1892
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Inner Temple Gate House, 1885
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Victoria Embankment, before and after Bazalgette's master plan
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Street vendor, London, 1893
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Baker Street, 1895
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A young woman waits patiently while hoops to support her crinoline are prepared, London, 1860
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West Smithfield's Cold Air Stores under construction, 1895
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London, 1883
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Illustrated Police News, the trial of Oscar Wilde, 1895
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Descriptive map of London poverty, 1889
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Punch advertisement for Pears Soap, May 1895
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1893
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Jack the Ripper pamphlet, 1888
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Lower ward of Windsor Castle, 1890
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Lured to the Slaughter (Illustrated Police News), 1888
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Fair on Chelsea Bridge Road, 1893
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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
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Clapham to Putney omnibus, 1866
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The Great Wheel, Earl's Court, 1898
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Tower Bridge, 1892
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1st Suffolk Regiment, Tower of London, 1895
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Upper Pool of the Thames, c.1885
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Insert of the programme for The Mikado, Savoy Theatre, 1885
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St. Paul's from Bankside, 1893
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Bath Road, Chiswick, 1882
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Holborn Circus and Viaduct, 1894
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King's Cross, c.1885
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Flower seller, Ludgate Hill Station, 1893
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A very early photograph of London showing Nelson's Column under construction, 1844
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Jumbo the first African elephant at London Zoo, circa 1870
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In 1896
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Covent Garden Flower Sellers, c 1890
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Cloth Fair
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The Bayswater Omnibus, George William Joy, 1895
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Staircase at Ashburnham House, 1882
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A woman walking in Hyde Park in summer, 1895
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Construction site to the west of Waterloo Bridge, 1866-1870
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Clerkenwell 1890
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Princes Street London with the Bank of England on the right, 1890s
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Putney Bridge, 1881
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London Bridge, late 19th century
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School of Art and Tabard Inn, Chiswick, 1882
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St Pancras station, 1890s
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King's Cross, 1800s
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London, 1883
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Ludgate Circus, 1890
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Construction of the Blackwall Tunnel, 1892
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Historical newspaper engraving of the underground bombing, October 1883
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A policeman questions a young, crying boy who intended to fish in the fountain on Trafalgar Square, London, 1892
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An early recording studio, set up in the rooms of the Cockburn Hotel, London, 1898
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Interior of Crystal Palace during The Great Exhibition of 1851
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Engraving of 'Ye Olde Fancy Fayre', held at the Royal Albert Hall on 8th June 1881
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Upper Richmond Road, 1887
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Ella Sykes, photographed in London as 'A Persian Lady', 1898
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Sarah Bernhardt as Empress Theodora, London, 1884
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Peepshow at the fair, London, 1893
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A winter scene in Hampstead, London in the 19th century
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Coach horses slipping at Ludgate, 1889 print
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The drawing room at 18 Clarendon Square, 1890
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Fish porter, Billingsgate, 1893
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Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, 1887
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Victorian Christmas Card 1883
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District Line construction outside Somerset House, 1869
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Covent Garden Market in full swing, 1890
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Original manuscript of Alice's Adventures Under Ground, illustrated by the author (Lewis Carroll), 1882
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The Pool, 1885
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Tower Bridge close to completion, 1894
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Historical newspaper report on the underground bomb in October 1883
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Jacob's Island, Rotherhithe, 1887
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Ashburnham House dining room, 1882
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Thames frozen at Limehouse, 1895
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The church of St Andrew Undershaft, St Mary Axe, 1891
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Big Ben, 1890s
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The Royal Observatory under construction, Greenwich, 1890
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Last Updated 07 April 2017