Westminster in Old Photographs gives a fascinating insight into the dramatic changes that have occurred in central London over the last 150 years. This fascinating collection of photographs provides an impression of the generations of people who lived and worked here in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and recalls houses, public buildings, shops, businesses and pubs that have vanished or been altered almost beyond recognition.
The pioneering work of early photographers adds a new dimension to our record of the past and brings it vividly back to life. Their pictures document changes in transport and fashion and the evolving characters of streets and districts as they took on the form that is familiar today. The photographs also remember many famous events - funerals, demonstrations, coronations - when the nation's attention was focused firmly on Westminster.
Jill Barber has chosen a memorable selection of rare photographs from the City of Westminster Archives Centre to produce this detailed and revealing account of the recent past in the historic centre of the capital. Her book will add to the knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of all those who take an interest in the development of this remarkable area and the history of London as a whole.