15 Eerie Photos Of London Fog In The Early 20th Century

These eerie London fog photos look like they came straight from the pages of a mysterious, literary Sci-Fi story.

Maybe a little Stephen King meets Edgar Allen Poe?

The fog in the photos you see below may come across as harmless, but we assure you, the fog was really quite dangerous for your health during that time. It was once nicknamed “pea soup” by the Brits for its super thick consistency.

“Back fog” or “killer fog” was the result of coal factories that would release soot particles and sulfur dioxide into the air. It was especially tough on the elderly and those with respiratory problems.

The Great Smog of 1952 caused serious disruptions in London given visibility levels were next to nil.

The fog was so aggressive, it even penetrated indoors. Four years later, the Clear Air Act was implemented but not before it had taken nearly 12,000 lives.

1. A Lamp Lighter At Work In Finsbury Park, London, 17 October 1935


2. A Man Lighting His Pipe In Thick Fog Under The Arches At The Temple, London , 23 December 1935


3. Fleet Street, 6 December 1952


4. Lincoln’s Inn Fields, 24 January 1934


5. Central London, January 1936


6. The Tower Of London, January 1947


7. National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, 1 December 1948


8. Westminster Bridge, 14 January 1955


9. An Iceman Delivers In The Fog, 1 October 1919


10. Liverpool St. Station, 29 January 1959


11. Hyde Park Corner, 25 October 1938


12. A Young Couple During The Great Smog, 1952


13. St Pancras Railway Station, 1 July 1907


14. Barges Crowd Together At Hay’s Wharf In Southwark, London, 26th October 1938


15. Middle Temple, Inns Of Court, Circa 1950


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