Before the outbreak of the First World War, uncredited photographers were recording daily life in Central London. I found some rare photos of places that no longer exist. The streets are still there, but the buildings have changed completely. Some were destroyed by bombing in WW2, others demolished later for the building of modern office blocks.
Women working at spinning wheels in the City of London, 1908.
A nursery for working mothers. Deptford, South London. 1909.
A chimney sweep photographed with his family. City of London, 1900.
Cloth Fair. A street in the City of London, 1908.
A shop with the owners living above. Central London, 1910.
A stationery company. Smithfield, London, 1908. They also sold tobacco products, and a shop in the alleyway sold meats.
An upholstery business. Smithfield, London, 1909.