February 16, 2017 3:17am CST
I wasn't going to post another discussion but this one I just could not resist. 10 views of London in Victorian times with google maps comparisons. It goes from gradual changes to almost a totally different piece of scenery. I think my favorite has to be Rotten Row!
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17 Feb 17
Love these. My great-great-grandad was a landowner's son who became a jeweller in London and was then disinherited for running off with the parlour maid ... he then became a Hansom Cab driver, and later a conductor on those horse drawn buses. I like to think that maybe he's in one of those pictures, earning a bob or two!
• United Kingdom
16 Feb 17
I love old photos just as these. The sky line of London has changed so much over recent years. Interestingly the Big house at Hyde Park Corner is known as Number 1 London as it used to be the first house you would come across when you reached London from the West. It is called Apsley house and was the Home of the Duke of Wellington. It is at the beginning of Picadilly and Park Lane just behind the gardens of Buckingham Palace. Thank you for sharing this lovely post.
• United States
16 Feb 17
Thank you for the information. I had heard of the words "Number 1 London" but am not sure I ever knew what it referred to. I imagine the Duke of Wellington had a lot of people calling over to his house as Picadilly was (and probably still is) a very trafficked place.