Here's what London looked like from the sky 130 years ago

James Nickerson
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Cecil Victor Shadbolt flew over London for a decade (Source: Dominic Winter Auctioneers)

In an age of metal, glass and skyscrapers, London's skyline is now one of the most recognisable and iconic in the world. But over 130 years ago, it looked rather different.

Images have emerged of London from over 130 years ago, taken between 1882 and 1892 by Cecil Victor Shadbolt, who flew over the city in a hot air balloon for 10 years to get the perfect photographs.

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The 27 black and white images show London at a different age.

The images are due to be auctioned at Dominic Winter Auctioneers in Gloucestershire, at an expected price of £10,000, on 15 October.

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Below is a rather different Isle of Dogs:

And the very rarely seen exhibition hall Crystal Palace:

The below is a shot taken in Sutton, in Surrey, taken at 800ft:

A view along the Thames before the 1900s:

This is a shot of Catford Bridge at 1,900ft:

And this shows the early days of ballooning:

And, while not in London, here is a stunning photograph of Paris:

If this is what London looked like 130 years ago, let's just wait and see what it looks like in 2145...

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