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…

Toxic fog - London bus makes its way along Fleet Street in heavy smog, December 1952 Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Drury Lane, London, 1876

Drury Lane, London, 1876 Doesn't the Muffin Man live on Drury Lane?

East End

East End Slum, London, December 1949 / Getty Images Gallery

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

c 1890 Arguments Yard Whitby North Yorkshire by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe. There are more yards to be seen in the book "Whitby yards through time" by Alan Whitworth.

Napoli, Casale di Posillipo fondo Troncone 1929

Napoli, Casale di Posillipo fondo Troncone 1929

Cheapside, London, 1880

No 73 Cheapside 1880

Victorian street-life

Victorian Street-Life

Victorian Street, Victorian London, Victorian Era, Edwardian Era, London History, British History, City Streets, Street Photography, Environment

Victorian London •

British Paintings: Urban squalor in Victorian London

Arguments Yard. Whitby Yard This is seriously Dickensian.

Secret steps and lost lanes of Whitby brought to life (From Gazette & Herald) - Arguments Yard in Whitby in the Century

Victorian photographer Paul Martin's snapshots of Cockney London.

Candid Cockney

Victorian photographer Paul Martin& snapshots of Cockney London.

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