The explosions on the underground railway: 1883
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Double page newspaper cutting illustrated with a series of black and white images detailing 'The Explosions on the Underground Railway' between Praed Street and Edgware Road Stations. This double page is part of The Graphic Newspaper and includes images of the explosion site, wrecked railway carriages, crowd scenes and the removal of the wounded. From March 1883 to February 1885, London became the target of a terrorist campaign by the Fenian Brotherhood of Irish Republicans. A series of explosions around the capital – underground and railway stations, the West End, the House of Commons – caused widespread panic. The final explosion rocked the buttresses of London Bridge, though the bomb exploded prematurely, killing the perpetrators. The activities of the Fenians led to the formation of the Special Branch of the Criminal Investigation Department.
1883 AD - 1883 AD