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