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Ludgate Hill - a block in the street: 1872

Gustave Doré

Ludgate Hill - a block in the street: 1872
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 27cm

Full image caption

An illustration of Ludgate Hill from 'London: a Pilgrimage' by Blanchard Jerrold and Gustave Doré, 1872. A mass of people are depicted, making their way up and down Ludgate Hill, between Fleet Street and St. Paul's, and various means of transport are illustrated, such as a train, Hansom cab, handcarts, waggons, omnibuses, and even a hearse. Other people are walking but have been blocked by a flock of sheep.

The illustration also shows two obelisks. One was erected in 1833 as a memorial to Robert Waithman, while the other was a street lamp, erected in 1775, which became known as the Wilkes Obelisk because it bore the name of John Wilkes (who was mayor at the time). The Waithman memorial is now in Salisbury Square while the lamp standard disintegrated while being dismantled in 1950.

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1872 AD - 1872 AD
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