Fisher woman, Whitby, England. That net would have been very heavy! Taken by Frank Meadows Sutcliffe, pioneering Victorian photographer.

Fisher woman, Whitby, England. That net would have been very heavy! Taken by Frank Meadows Sutcliffe, pioneering Victorian photographer.

circa 1890: Traffic on London Bridge. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)

circa 1890: Traffic on London Bridge. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)

Boys marching out of the London Foundling Hospital for the last time, 1926. Both the composer George Frideric Handel and the artist William Hogarth were governors of the home.

A home for London's abandoned children

Boys marching out of the London Foundling Hospital for the last time, 1926. Both the composer George Frideric Handel and the artist William Hogarth were governors of the home.

Cities filled to overflowing and London was particularly bad. At the start of the 19th Century about 1/5 of Britain’s population lived there, but by 1851 half the population of the country had set up home in London. London, like most cities, was not prepared for this great increase in people.

Cities filled to overflowing and London was particularly bad. At the start of the 19th Century about 1/5 of Britain’s population lived there, but by 1851 half the population of the country had set up home in London. London, like most cities, was not prepared for this great increase in people.

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