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Online map shows London's changing history in images

Tower Bridge opening day 1894
Image caption Crowds gather around Tower Bridge on the day it opened in 1894

A map showing the modern day location of hundreds of thousands of historic images of London has been created.

Visitors to The London Picture Archive can search any address in the capital and find photos, maps, prints and paintings of how the area once looked.

It took two years to digitise and find the location of the pictures, which are from between 1450 and the present day.

The map has been made from the collections of the London Metropolitan Archives and Guildhall Art Gallery.

Images include well known sites in the capital such as Covent Garden and Tower Bridge, as well as less prominent sections of outer London.

Image caption Traffic around Piccadilly Circus was chaotic in 1895
Image caption The statue of Eros remains but - fortunately for pedestrians - there are fewer horse and carts
Image caption Tabard Street in Borough was an area of slum dwellings in 1914
Image copyright Google
Image caption The street remains but the slums have been flattened and roads widened
Image caption Parts of the City such as the Royal Exchange have changed little...
Image copyright Google
Image caption ...apart from the traffic and surrounding skyline
Image caption This pastoral part of Peckham in south-east London with its church and fields...
Image caption ...has now become a supermarket
Image caption Holborn Viaduct was built in the 1860s to improve access into the City from the West End
Image copyright Google
Image caption The bridge remains but the crowd of men wearing top hats is no more

Archive photos courtesy of Collage - The London Picture Archive

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