GREATER LONDON; THEN AND NOW
An interactive exploration of the changes made to London over the years; dating from as early back as the 1820s and comparing the images to now, October 2018.
(Drag the lines to see the change between then and now.)
- Max Bach
Greenwoods Map of Pimlico (1827)
Originally designed in the 1820s by the architect Thomas Cubitt and now protected as the “Pimlico Conservation Area”, this map shows the area prior to development.
191 years later, we are now able to rely on technology like Google Maps to show a realistic 3D landscape of the area.
The Union, 11 Pimlico Road (1897)
The 1882 directory places the Union at or near the junction with Ranelagh grove, which is at Queen Street, Pimlico in the 1869 directory. I am therefore linking this to the Union at 21 Queen street, Pimlico in 1869 and earlier.
This pub was rebuilt in its present form in 1891 and renamed the ‘Ebury Arms’ in 1978. Known as ‘The Ebury’ by 2011 but is now a restaurant/bar called No. 11 Pimlico Road.
Credit: Union Photo, My Own Photo
Palace of Westminster (1950)
A surprisingly quiet Westminster Bridge in 1950, in comparison to a sea of crowd in 2018.
Westminster Bridge was painted green in 1970 to match the seats in the House of Commons, the part of the Palace of Westminster closest to the bridge.
Westminster Bridge (circa 1870)
Westminster Bridge, between 1870 and 1885. Westminster Bridge allowed traffic to flow between the West and South of London.
This version of Westminster Bridge opened in 1862, making it the oldest surviving road bridge across the Thames in central London. It is also one of the most widely used bridges in London, which is made evident from the 2018 photo.
Burlington Arcade, Mayfair (1894)
Burlington Arcade in one of Britain's longest shopping arcades measuring at 196 yards long.
It was built in 1818/19 at the request of Lord George Cavendish, later Earl of Burlington, for his wife so that she could shop safely amongst other genteel ladies and gentleman away from the busy, dirty, and crime ridden open streets of London.
Oxford Circus Station (circa 1940)
During the blitz, when London was bombed for 57 consecutive nights from 7 September 1940, as many as 180,000 people per night sheltered within the London underground system. This captures just that.
The stations are still (mostly) used today, and it is rather strange to remember that these stations housed thousands of people for over a month during those dark and scary nights
Trafalgar Square (circa 1945)
Trafalgar Square packed with citizens after England claims victory over Germany after WW2, reassuring their freedom. Now in 2018, citizens gather together to fight for their freedom in a march against Brexit.
If Hitler had successfully invaded Britain, he planned to relocate Nelson’s Column to Berlin as a war spoil.
Tooting Broadway (1914)
Taken in 1914, the picture of a destroyed floor is the aftermath of the Great Storm of 1914. The storm left people dead and a trail of destruction across areas south of the Thames. Fierce lightning, torrential rain, severe flooding and hail ‘the size of walnuts’ accompanied the storms.
Now in 2018, the whole area has been built on and looks completely different, other than the statue of Edward VII has remained untouched; even during the great storm.
Vauxhall Cross (1912)
Vauxhall Cross is at the heart of the development of the south bank of the Thames in central London between Lambeth Bridge and the Battersea Power Station. Here is the same view in 1912 and 2018. You can see a lot has changed.
Covent Garden (1907)
A postcard of covent garden in 1907.
The area receives over 44 Million Visitors a year – making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. Upon arriving at covent garden we were greeted by a large number of performers, which can be seen in the 2018 photo.