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35 Amazing Photos Capture Street Scenes of London in the Early 20th Century_teo

London entered the 20th century at the height of its influence as the capital of one of the largest empires in history, but the new century was to bring many challenges.

London’s population continued to grow rapidly in the early decades of the century, and public transport was greatly expanded. A large tram network was constructed by the London County Council, through the LCC Tramways; the first motorbus service began in the 1900s. Improvements to London's overground and underground rail network, including large scale electrification were progressively carried out.

Take a look at these amazing photos to see what street scenes of London looked like in the 1900s and 1910s.

The Wellington Arms was situated at 96-102 Uxbridge Road, London. This pub is now used as a Kentucky Fried Chicken and a gaming arcade, circa 1900


261 - 265 Brick Lane, London, 1900


Billingsgate Market, the Monument to the Great Fire of London in the background, circa 1900


Chelsea Hospital, London, circa 1900


City of London Police mounted unit, circa 1900


London Bridge, when traffic jams were caused by horse-drawn carts, circa 1900


London buses, 1900


London Underground Central Line, Bank station, 1900


London Zoo, 1900


Piccadilly Circus, London taken during the early 1900s


Sheep were used to keep the grass under control in London parks to cut costs, Piccadilly, circa early 1900s


Street seller, Eros fountain, Piccadilly Circus, London, circa early 1900s


The Thames at the Tower of London, 1900


Tower Bridge, London, circa 1900


Zebra-drawn carriage parked outside the Royal Albert Hall, London, 1900


Two early Rational motor taxis (built by Heatly-Gresham Engineering) parked outside the Savoy Theatre in the Strand, London. Registration numbers on taxis show the photo was taken after 1904


Waite, Rose & Taylor's first store at 263, High Street, Acton, London, circa 1904


The Woodman tavern, 60 Battersea High Street, London, circa 1905


Westminster Bridge, London, circa 1905. The Boadicea statue is on the left


The Piccadilly Line is being constructed under the tram tracks, London, 1906


Albert Bridge, London, 1910


British suffragette campaign for women's voting rights, London, 1910


Hammersmith Bridge, penny farthing bike, motorbike with side car, No 33 Bus, London, 1910


Liberty, London, 1910


London cab, 1910


London dust cart, 1910


Piccadilly at times of transport upheaval, circa 1910


Street lamp maintenance, London, circa 1910


The 'smallest shop in London' trading from the basement, Bateman Street, 1910


Tower and Tower Bridge, taken from the Monument, circa 1910


Yeoman Warder, London, circa 1910


Zebra-drawn carriage on London streets, 1910


Anna Pavlova appeared in the Princes Theatre, Piccadilly Circus, London, 1913


Wandsworth Bridge Road from New Kings Road, Fulham, 1913


Tottenham Court Road at the junction with Oxford Street and Charing Cross Road, London, October 1919

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