LUDGATE CIRCUS, City of London. A busy street view of Ludgate Circus looking towards St Pauls Cathedral with horse-drawn buses in the foreground and a steam train on the bridge. The Circus was constructed at the junction of Ludgate Hill and Fleet Street between 1864 and 1875. A late 19th century photograph by York and Son
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print captures the bustling energy of Ludgate Circus, a vibrant intersection in the heart of London's City. Taken by renowned photographers York and Son during the late 19th century, this image showcases a snapshot of Victorian urban life. In this scene, we are transported back in time to witness the daily hustle and bustle that defined Ludgate Circus. The foreground is dominated by horse-drawn buses, their majestic presence adding an air of nostalgia to the picture. These vehicles were once the lifeline for commuters navigating through the city streets. As our gaze moves towards St Paul's Cathedral in the distance, we can't help but be awestruck by its grandeur. The iconic dome stands tall against a cloudy sky, serving as a reminder of London's rich architectural heritage. However, it is impossible to ignore another remarkable feature captured within this frame - a steam train gracefully passing over a bridge. This juxtaposition between traditional horse-drawn transportation and modern technology epitomizes progress and innovation during this era. Ludgate Circus itself was an engineering marvel constructed at the junction of Ludgate Hill and Fleet Street between 1864 and 1875. It served as both a traffic hub and meeting point for locals going about their daily lives. Through this evocative photograph from Historic England's collection, we are transported into an era long gone but forever preserved in images like these – reminding us of how much has changed while also celebrating our shared history.
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