Less than 100 years before I was born, the London I grew up in was not so very different. Although I can still recognise most of the locations, the living conditions are nothing like those we know today.
Whitechapel, around 1888. In the same area and at the same time where the Jack The Ripper murders happened.
Kensington is now one of the most affluent and expensive areas of London.
It was actually very different, in 1860.
Still recognisable, The Strand had no motor vehicles at the time. Now the traffic is bumper to bumper.
In the 1890s, London’s River Police were still using rowing boats. Here they are close to Tower Bridge. I lived nearby, 60 years after this was taken.
Slum living conditions in East London, around 1865. Ninety years later, little had changed during my childhood.
A street parade in East London, during the 1880s. This is what passed for entertainment back then, with crowds turning out to watch.
It always strikes me that most men still wore suits and ties, even the poorest. And almost everyone never went out without wearing a hat, including children.
During the 1950s, that was still much the same where I lived.