ST PAULs CATHEDRAL, City of London. A general view looking across the River Thames from bankside and towards St Pauls with a passenger paddle steamer moored at the opposite bank. Paddle steamers were a familiar site on the Thames from the 1850s onwards. Late 19th century photograph by York & Son
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EDITORS COMMENTS This photograph, taken by York & Son in the late 19th century, transports us back to a time when St Paul's Cathedral stood tall as an iconic symbol of London's urban landscape. The image showcases a general view of this magnificent cathedral from the bankside of the River Thames, with its majestic dome dominating the skyline. In this snapshot of history, our gaze is drawn not only to the grandeur of St Paul's but also to a charming passenger paddle steamer moored on the opposite bank. These steam-powered vessels were a common sight on the Thames during that era, bustling with activity and connecting people across London. The juxtaposition between St Paul's Cathedral and the paddle steamer creates an intriguing contrast between tradition and progress. It serves as a reminder that even amidst modern advancements, religion remains deeply rooted in society. The tranquil waters of the river reflect both structures flawlessly, adding depth and serenity to this remarkable composition. As we observe this timeless scene captured by York & Son, we can't help but be captivated by their skillful craftsmanship in preserving such moments for future generations. This print allows us to appreciate not only architectural marvels like St Paul's Cathedral but also provides insight into daily life along one of London's most famous waterways. It invites us to contemplate how much has changed since then while cherishing these historical landmarks that continue to shape our cityscape today.
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