In Photos: London in 1950

Eleana Overett
By Eleana Overett Last edited 14 months ago
In Photos: London in 1950

It was the year that saw the first ski jumping competitions held in London (with snow imported from Norway), and London's first ever computer was built at the National Physical Laboratory - the fastest in the world at the time. Take a walk through history with these incredible photos.

Billingsgate fish market
Source He Archive
A futuristic looking HMV
Source Old London
Highbury
Source Football History
Ski jump competition, Hampstead Heath
Source Davenant
London Docks
Source The Ripper
Pearly Kings and Queens in Southwark
Source Peterberthoud
Wembley glory for Arsenal
Source Old London
Jolly Butchers in Brick Lane. It closed in 1987.
Source The Ripper
Queue for the Old Vic
Source South Bank London
Children gaze into a toy shop window, Dagenham
Source Davenant
Tate & Lyle Refinery, Plaistow
Source Londonhistorian
A view of the London City Airport site
Source London City Airport
Portobello Road Market
Source Flashbak
Work to divert trams down York Road from Westminster Bridge in preparation for the Festival of Britain
Source Old London
Trafalgar Square
Source Old London
Wimbledon Pond
Source Old London
Pea Shellers at Covent Garden
Source Rob Baker
Whispering Gallery, St. Paul's Cathedral
Source Old London
Frank Sinatra at the London Palladium
Source Old London
Feeding the pigeons in Trafalgar Square
Source Old London
Gaumont Cinema
Source Pinterest
Circus strongman Paul Remos and his six and seven year old sons feeding a giraffe at London Zoo
Source History Pics
On theThames
Source Aucharbon
A snowy Bethnal Green
Source Tate Images
London's first computer, the fastest in the world at 1MHz
Source Classic Pics
Westminster Bridge
Source Old London
Liverpool Street station
Source Old London
A keeper at London Zoo gives his penguins a shower
Source Old Pics Archive
Waterloo station
Source Old London
Hampstead Heath Fair
Source Old London
Met Police at Highbury
Source Old London
Portobello Road Market
Source Flashbak
Sewer worker, 1950
Source Londonhistorian
London Underground ratcatchers with their net and ferrets
Source Buzzfeed
The Valley, home to Charlton FC. This terrace held 30,000 standing
Source Old London

Last Updated 05 June 2017