I recently came across these old photographs of famous London landmarks being cleaned and/or repaired – take a look at how much the city has (or hasn’t in some photos) changed in the last 84 years!
March 4th 1930, A man called Mr. Larkin lowers himself down St. Stephen’s Tower to clean the face of the famous clock.
Feb. 25th 1933, A man cleans the equestrian statue of Richard I outside Westminster Palace.
July 12th 1933, A cleaner works on the hoof of one of the horses surmounting Wellington Arch at Constitution Hill.
Feb. 16th 1937, A crew of men renovate and clean the glass roof of Whiteley’s in West London
Oct. 25th 1938, Two men scale the face of St. Stephen’s by the Houses of Parliament.
Jan. 21st 1939, A workman cleans a lamp in the early morning fog of Westminster. The tower of Big Ben can be seen looming through the fog in the background.
March 9th 1939, The roof of Cannon Street station getting a clean.
April 21st 1939, Workmen cleaning the globe and galleon on the roof of Cook’s building in Ludgate. Saint Paul’s Cathedral can be seen in the background.
Aug. 21st 1943, Women war workers entering and leaving an underground aircraft parts factory. The factory was based in a section of an incomplete area of the London underground that was 60 feet below street level.
July 4th 1953, A cleaner called Mrs. Thurtell scrubs the pavement in front of Boot’s pharmacy in Piccadilly Circus.
Feb. 18th 1963, Brian Williams cleans the face of Queen Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace.
Feb. 24th 1968, A scaffolder and friend sit atop Nelson’s statue in Trafalgar Square.
These images have all been sourced from the Telegraph newspaper (http://www.telegraph.co.uk).