Historic images of London
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Rob's London - Blogger, Writer and Tour Guide
Bank Junction, January 1941
This image is taken from the London Blitz. The blast damage pictured occurred during an air-raid which took place on Jan 11th 1941. An estimated 51 people were killed, many of who were sheltering on the tube platforms deep below. Unsurprisingly, this photo was censored at the time and not published until well after WWII.
Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway, 1864
The Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway. Between August and October 1864 this experimental, vacuum driven railway offered rides through a 550 metre long tunnel in Crystal Palace Park. Tickets cost sixpence and the journey time was 50 seconds.
London's First Coffee House
This plaque on St Michael's Alley, Cornhill marks the site of London's first coffee house. It was established by Pasqua Rosee who'd travelled from Turkey. The site is now home to the Jamaica Wine House pub #robslondon #london #history
Casey Jones Restaurant, Waterloo Station 1980
Casey Jones was a now largely forgotten fast-food chain which was established by British Rail in the early 1980s. The first branch was at Waterloo and more followed at other major railway stations. They were taken over by Burger King in the 1990s. #robslondon #london #burger #fastfood
A navvy drinking from a fire bucket during construction of the Victoria line, early 1960s
The Victoria line opened in sections between the late 1960s and early 1970s. How much do you know about the line? Take this quiz to find out! #london #robslondon #ldn #victorialine #londonunderground #tube
The Emperor Trajan, London Wall
This statue of the Emperor Trajan can be seen outside Tower Hill tube station. The wall behind is a section of the old Roman wall... It is odd that a statue of Trajan stands in London as he never visited the city!
Cutaway diagram of a London deep-level tube shelter
During WWII eight of these shelters were constructed alongside tube stations: at Chancery Lane, Belsize Park, Camden Town, Goodge Street, Stockwell, Clapham North, Clapham Common and Clapham South #robslondon #london #tube #history #shelter #WWII