Another Lambeth picture, this time of the Thames foreshore where many people found work as labourers or sailors, shortly before the building of the Albert Embankment in 1866-9. It is part of a collection of images by William Strudwick, which are among the only surviving mid 19th-century images of a London working class district.
The coming of the railways transformed London. This picture shows construction workers or "navvies" on the Metropolitan District Railway at Praed Street around 1867. The roof of the new Paddington Underground station can be seen in the distance.