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

"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.

Lambeth High Street 1847.

1847 Lambeth High Street Showing the Windmill Pub, a pub called the Windmill still stands on the same site.

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

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


Children in Bombed Building, Bermondsey, 1954 (Roger Mayne) - Still in ruins 10 years later. Southampton was in a similar state.