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Description:Kingsway, on Christmas Day 2011 (C) Stefan Czapski
Surely the only day of the year when this London thoroughfare is so traffic-free and depopulated.


Kingsway is by no means ancient - it owes its origin to Victorian 'social engineering'. Its alignment was chosen in order to destroy one of London's great 'rookeries' - an area of densely settled slums. A number of London's best known streets had similar beginnings: Charing Cross Road and New Oxford Street were both designed to rip into the great rookery of St Giles's, and succeeded to the extent that the name 'St Giles's' was all but wiped off the map. (St Giles's High Street still exists, but as a backwater, and the local tube station is 'Tottenham Court Road'). Further south and west, Victoria Street was cut through the slums of Westminster, another notorious area by early Victorian times.
Location:51.515897, -0.119362
Road:A4200
Date:25 12 2011
Photographer:Stefan Czapski and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Source:Geograph

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Galleries  | A4200 | Strand Underpass | London | Central London

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