In Pictures: Victorian London In The 1880s

Londonist Staff

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.

View over London
Source Old LondonThames River Police
Source YesteryearStaple Inn, High Holborn, c.1880 (before the original 16th century front was discovered and restored)
Source Sir William DavenantBishopsgate
Source FrancisfrithCloth Fair
Source The Cynical UrbanistPutney Aqueduct
Source Old LondonCheapside
Source Amateur CasualOld wooden bridge, Putney
Source Elaine ChalusCloth Fair, near Smithfield c.1880
Source Sir William DavenantThe Aldgate pump
Source PinterestMeux’s Brewery, Tottenham Court Road
Source Old LondonLudgate Circus
Source PinterestHorses and Hansom cabs waiting outside Victoria Station
Source YesteryearLambeth Riverside
Source FrancisfrithBermondsey Street. This was not a very desirable area in Victorian times, and many writers documented the smell of rotten Thames water.
Source Amateur CasualGray’s Inn Lane, Holborn
Source Old LondonSt. John’s Square, north of Clerkenwell Road
Source PinterestThe London, Chatham and Dover Railway, Victoria Station, Wilton Road
Source Rob BakerLeicester Square
Source Children playing
Source The most feared London street gang of the late 1880s was a group of female toughs called the Clockwork Oranges
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

Last Updated 29 June 2017

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