St. Paul’s Cathedral from Ludgate Hill, 1902



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This stereograph was taken in 1902 during the coronation of Edward VII. Some celebratory bunting can be seen wrapped around the lamp posts. It shows the magnificent West Front of Wren’s St. Paul’s Cathedral as seen from the top of Ludgate Hill. The area was severely affected during the London Blitz of 1940. Although most of the buildings shown are Victorian (apart from the cathedral!) the stereograph gives a good impression of how the cathedral would’ve appeared when completed in 1708, rising up from relatively narrow streets packed with low-rise buildings. The same scene today is quite different.


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