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.

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

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, under construction. The V is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design http://LDN.in/7viF1W

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, under construction. The VA is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design 1852

Under construction: A rare snap of Tower Bridge in London as it was being built. Although it looks medieval, the bridge is actually Victorian and opened in 1894.

Incredible photos reveal London's transformation over 200 years

Under construction: A rare snap of Tower Bridge in London as it was being built. Although it looks medieval, the bridge is actually Victorian and opened in

London's East End.

Close No 193 Hight Street - 1868 Scottish photographer Thomas Annan’s view of the poor living conditions in the narrow lanes just off the High Street, Glasgow. Annan was commissioned by The City Improvement Trust to document the city’s slums which.

Credit: Horace Warner/The Religious Society of Friends in Britain A boy and girl on a window ledge

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

In Horace Warner took photos of East End street kids, who he called 'Spitalfields nippers'. Here's a selection of the rare ones that have survived to this day Credit: Horace Warner/The Religious Society of Friends in Britain

Cutty Sarks last Voyage from East India dock

Last voyage of the Cutty Sark, from the East India Dock, London, to a purpose built dry dock at Greenwich

England

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.

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