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