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15 Victorian photos of the London Underground being built

Ian Smith
Building the Metropolitan District Railway, 1867

Two years ago, Londoners celebrated the Tube’s 150th birthday.  To commemorate the milestone anniversary, a magnificent archive photo collection showing the construction of the London Underground was published by newsreel company British Pathe.

The  astonishing images show the wrecking of houses disruption in the London’s streets as neighbourhoods were demolished to make access for the tracks of the world’s first underground railway.

Take a look at this fascinating historic collection:

Construction site to the west of Waterloo Bridge
Construction site to the west of Waterloo Bridge, 1866-1870

1866-1870

Building the Metropolitan District Railway,
Building the Metropolitan District Railway, 1867

1867

Construction work on the site of Blackfriars Station

Construction work on the site of Blackfriars Station

Paddington Station in 1868, the year it opened

Paddington Station in 1868, the year it opened

Bayswater Station, just after completion

Bayswater Station, just after completion

Gloucester Road Station under construction,
Gloucester Road Station under construction, 1866

1866

Notting Hill Gate Station

 

 

Notting Hill Gate Station

District Line construction outside Somerset House,
District Line construction outside Somerset House, 1869

1869

 

Metropolitan District Railway construction,
Metropolitan District Railway construction, 1866

1866

High Street Kensington
High Street Kensington, 1868

1868

Notting Hill Gate,
 Notting Hill Gate, 1866

1866

Construction work near South Kensington Station

 Construction work near South Kensington Station

Bayswater Station upon completion,
Bayswater Station upon completion, 1866

1866

Gloucester Road Station,
Gloucester Road Station, 1868

1868

High Street Kensington’s roof taking shape

High Street Kensington’s roof taking shape

Source: British Pathe