These chilling images were taken during London’s Great Smog of ’52. For four days the city of London was blanketed by a poisonous smog that reduced visibility to a few yards and led to an estimated 12,000 fatalities. From NPR: Roads were littered with abandoned cars. Midday concerts were cancelled due to total darkness. Archivists at the British Museum found smog lurking in the book stacks. Cattle in the city’s Smithfield market were killed and thrown away before they could be slaughtered…

These chilling images were taken during London’s Great Smog of ’52. For four days the city of London was blanketed by a poisonous smog that reduced visibility to a few yards and led to an estimated 12,000 fatalities. From NPR: Roads were littered with abandoned cars. Midday concerts were cancelled due to total darkness. Archivists at the British Museum found smog lurking in the book stacks. Cattle in the city’s Smithfield market were killed and thrown away before they could be slaughtered…

"England", looks like a very poor neighborhood, and very old - look how worn the steps are

"England", looks like a very poor neighborhood, and very old - look how worn the steps are

Victorian street-life

Victorian Street-Life

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Victorian photographer Paul Martin's snapshots of Cockney London.

Candid Cockney

Victorian photographer Paul Martin's snapshots of Cockney London.


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"Cloth Fair, ca.1877  Published by Society for Photographing Relics of Old London Printed by Henry Dixon & Son.  "Cloth Fair, though it has undergone alterations in recent years, still preserves, far beyond any other portion of London, mediaeval characteristics. There are here narrow walled lanes, where two persons can pass one another with difficulty. In another lane the occupants of the houses could literally, and without danger or difficulty, shake hands from the windows on opposite…

"Cloth Fair, ca.1877 Published by Society for Photographing Relics of Old London Printed by Henry Dixon & Son. "Cloth Fair, though it has undergone alterations in recent years, still preserves, far beyond any other portion of London, mediaeval characteristics. There are here narrow walled lanes, where two persons can pass one another with difficulty. In another lane the occupants of the houses could literally, and without danger or difficulty, shake hands from the windows on opposite…

The Oxford Arms, Warwick Lane, London. 17th century galleried inn demolished 1876

The Oxford Arms, Warwick Lane, London. 17th century galleried inn demolished 1876

Credit: Horace Warner/The Religious Society of Friends in Britain A view of Union Place in Spitalfields

Spitalfields nippers: rare photographs of London street kids in 1901 – in pictures

Credit: Horace Warner/The Religious Society of Friends in Britain A view of Union Place in Spitalfields

1866 medieval Steep Street from the junction with Trenchard Street | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

1866 medieval Steep Street from the junction with Trenchard Street | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

A new collection of Victorian photographs conjures up the winding streets and   smoking factories of the city that inspired Charles Dickens.

Dickens's London: in pictures

A new collection of Victorian photographs conjures up the winding streets and smoking factories of the city that inspired Charles Dickens.

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