In Pictures: Victorian London In The 1880s

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In Pictures: Victorian London In The 1880s

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
Lambeth Riverside
Source Francisfrith
Thames River Police
Source Yesteryear
Cloth Fair, near Smithfield c.1880
Source Davenant
Horses and Hansom cabs waiting outside Victoria Station
Source Yesteryear
The Aldgate pump
Source Pinterest
Gray's Inn Lane, Holborn
Source Old London
St. John's Square, north of Clerkenwell Road
Source Pinterest
Bishopsgate
Source Francisfrith
View over London
Source Old London
Cheapside, 1880
Source Green Man Dan
Old wooden bridge, Putney
Source Prof Elaine Chalus
Putney Aqueduct
Source Old London
Bermondsey Street. This was not a very desirable area in Victorian times, and many writers documented the smell of rotten Thames water.
Source Green Man Dan
Meux's Brewery, Tottenham Court Road
Source Old London
Ludgate Circus
Source Pinterest
Staple Inn, High Holborn, c.1880 (before the original 16th century front was discovered and restored)
Source Davenant
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