Workmen pave a street (The Strand, London)

#Picture Number SM115

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Victorian illustration to download showing workmen (paviors) paving a street with stone blocks using heavy rammers. They stand in a line, clearly doing the work rhythmically and precisely. In the foreground are a pile of stone blocks, baskets, and a rammer. This illustration, drawn from the west side of Temple Bar, shows the re-paving of the Strand. The work was done in 1851 in anticipation of heavier traffic resulting from the Great Exhibition. Granite blocks were laid on a bed of concrete, grouted with liquid mortar, and finally strewn with sand.