London, 1903

My visit to Stoke has got me thinking (even more than usual) about the way things were. Here is some film of London street scenes in 1903.

The film was posted on YouTube by the ever-excellent BFI, and I found it thanks to one of my very  favourite blogs, the West End Whingers.


  1. Posted June 9, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    What a remarkable film. We tend to think how relatively tranquil life in London must have been 100 years ago and yet here it is looking busier than Picadilly on a Friday night. Surprising to see those enormous omnibuses being pulled by only 1 or 2 horses.The roads must have been filthy! I wonder if they still had crossing sweepers as in Bleak House.

    • The Shadow
      Posted June 14, 2009 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

      Magical little film. It’s part of the magic of moving film that we can peer into the past like this. That said, driving along these London streets must have been a nightmare; how many dozens of pedestrians were trodden underfoot every day? and the various cabs and horse drawn carriages seem to be making up their own rules about road use.

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