Street scene showing St Martin's-le-Grand, looking north, in 1904. The new Administrative building of the GPO (on the left of the photograph) opened in 1894.
Photographed by London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company, 1904
Location: St Martin's-le-Grand, City, EC1
Image no: Ukn
Inventory no: 1999/1388
20th Century London caption: This street scene, looking north, shows St Martin's-le-Grand. The new administrative building of the General Post Office (G.P.O.), on the left, opened in 1894. 'A' Roads to London are all measured to the G.P.O. The A1 and A4 start from this point. The newspaper placard refers to the birth of Tsarevitch Alexis, the heir to Tsar Nicholas II, and great-grandson of Queen Victoria of England. This Tsar and his family were eventually deposed and killed by members of the Russian Revolution in 1918. Coupled with this headline is one relating to Admiral Togo, commander of the Japanese fleet, during the Russian-Japanese War 1904–5. This was a disastrous war for the Russians, and played a part in leading to the Russian Revolution.