Fleet Street, London, busy with traffic, 1848

Pedestrians, horse-drawn traffic (including omnibuses and a brewer’s dray) and tradesmen with handcarts and baskets crowd Fleet Street, London, in 1848. Placards to the left refer to ‘The Roused Lion’, a play by Benjamin Webster (1797-1882), lessee of the Haymarket Theatre at this time. St Paul’s Cathedral rises in the background.