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City of Westminster (1909)


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A moving vehicle travels along Whitehall and approaches Trafalgar Square. The roads are crowded with horse-drawn buses and carriages. One bus travels closely ahead. Along the staircase leading to the upper deck is written 'Liverpool Street'. Upon its stairs and around the bus are advertisements, including ones for Nestlé, Coleman's Mustard and Selfridges. In Trafalgar Square, the base of Nelson's Column is visible, as well as the National Gallery across the square. Motorcars mingle with the buses in the traffic. The moving vehicle passes around the easterly side of the square, where St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church is visible, before it passes the National Portrait Gallery building and heads towards St. Martin's Lane.

The Square itself is mostly empty, with the fountain flowing at its centre and the base of Nelson's Column in view. In another part of London is a very crowded market where crowds slowly make their way through the numerous stalls along a shop-lined street. In yet another part of London is The Old Curiosity Shop. As it states above its door, this antique shop was 'Immortalised by Charles Dickens' in his novel of the same name. A few people peer into the windows.