By switching between images of past and present day London there appears to be very little difference and no sign of Abercrombie's vision. He wasn't the first to try - 300 years before, Christopher Wren also had a grand plan.

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Story: Past and Present London

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By switching between images of past and present day London there appears to be very little difference and no sign of Abercrombie's vision. He wasn't the first to try - 300 years before, Christopher Wren also had a grand plan.

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