Charlie Rouse was the last of the 'Watchmen' in London before the formation of the 'Peelers' who where the world's first police force.

Charlie Rouse was the last of the 'Watchmen' in London before the formation of the 'Peelers' who where the world's first police force. At one point there were night watchmen employed by the City of London.

The Saffron Hill Rookery where Dickens placed Fagins Den in the masterpiece that is Oliver Twist / London

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Street Locksmith - 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith:

Old Pictures of London in Victorian Era - A street locksmith mending locks at his stall on the spot. Original Publication: From 'Street Life In London' by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith - pub. 1877 (Photo by John Thomson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Fleet St., Victorian London

Old houses, Fleet Street, This photograph was commissioned by the Society for Photographing Relics of Old London to form part of a per.

An East London pet store in the 1890's with a wall of caged song-birds at Club…

An East London pet store in the with a wall of caged song-birds at Club Row. The Huguenots were known for loving caged birds.

A Quiet Pint..The exotic down and outs of Victorian London ..Taken by John Thompson, In 1876 he set out with writer Adolphe Smith and together the pair spoke to people and the shots were later published in magazine, Street Life in London. The pictures are now stored at the Bishopsgate Institute..

The exotic down and outs of Victorian London

Wall-workers (a system of cheap advertising whereby a wall is covered with an array of placards that are hung up in the morning and taken in at night). Photo by John Thomson for the magazine Street Life in London, 1876

london slum district

LONDON BEER FLOOD October 1814 (London beer companies competed to make the biggest beer vat, 8 people were killed when a giant vat burst in St. Giles Rookery, injured were taken to hospital almost caused a riot there.

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