Old London New London
Millbank Prison was originally constructed as the National Penitentiary, and for part of its history it served as a holding facility for convicted prisoners before they were transported to Australia.
Exeter Change in the Strand was a Georgian phenomenon. At street level a jumble of shops and stalls extended along the pavement, but the upper two floors housed a remarkable mengerie. The Change was pulled down in 1829.
The Royal College of Physicians once stood in Warwick Lane, behind the Old Bailey, and is the dominant building in the Thornbury illustration. In 1825 it moved to Pall Mall East, and in 1887 Cutlers’ Hall, which is the reddish building in the photograph, was built on the site of the former College.
Thomas Linacre, who lived from c.1460 to 1524, was a humanist scholar and physician. He founded the Royal College of Physicians. The small dark square towards the bottom left of the photograph is a plaque marking the site of the house.
The College of Arms, which is the home of all things heraldic, has been in Queen Victoria Street in the City of London since 1555. The site has not changed much.
Bunhill Fields Burial Ground in Islington is the last resting place of 120,000 individuals, among them Daniel Defoe and William Blake. Now surrounded by modern buildings, it is still a haven of timeless tranquillity.
Originally the watergate from York House on to the River Thames, it passed in turn to George Villiers, the first Duke of Buckingham, and favourite of James I.
The Savoy Hospital for the poor was founded by Henry VII. The chapel dedicated to John the Baptist is the only part that survives.
Two views of Milford Lane looking south towards the river.
The watergate of Old Essex House, which belonged to Robert, Earl of Essex, favourite of Elizabeth I. Damaged by bombing in World War II.
Strand Lane once led right down to the waterfront before the building of the Victoria embankment. The Walford picture shows old tenements called Golden Buildings. Old and new look remarkably similar!