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 Bishopsgate Source Francisfrith St. John's Square, north of Clerkenwell Road Source Pinterest Cloth Fair, near Smithfield c.1880 Source Sir William Davenant Ludgate Circus Source Pinterest Putney Aqueduct Source Old London Meux's Brewery, Tottenham Court Road Source Old London Staple Inn, High Holborn, c.1880 (before the original 16th century front was discovered and restored) Source Sir William Davenant Horses and Hansom cabs waiting outside Victoria Station Source Yesteryear View over London Source Old London Cloth Fair Source The Cynical Urbanist Thames River Police Source Yesteryear Old wooden bridge, Putney Source Elaine Chalus Cheapside, 1880 Source Amateur Casual Gray's Inn Lane, Holborn Source Old London Lambeth Riverside Source Francisfrith 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 The London, Chatham and Dover Railway, Victoria Station, Wilton Road Source Rob Baker Leicester Square Source Children playing Source Castle Street, Seven Dials. Delivering gallons of beer and porter to the 14 pubs on the street Source Hyde Park Source A ship on the Thames Source
Last Updated 03 July 2017