London in the 1970s: Fascinating photos reveal life in the capital 40 years ago

Fascinating photos have given an insight into London life as it was forty years ago.

The nostalgic images show the capital’s landmarks in the 1970s, a decade of feminism, Arsenal’s FA cup win and the launch of the concord - writes

The era is known for being a time of cultural and political change – especially due to high inflation levels, IRA bomb threats and widespread trade union strikes.

And these fascinating collection ofpictures, taken by photographer David Rostance , reveal what the capital looked like in this bygone era.

Mr Rostance specialised in taking pictures of the UK’s railway and bus routes and began snapping quintessential British scenes in the sixties,armed with his Kodak Brownie 44A.

In doing so, he captured some classic parts of the city that remain familiar sights to Londoners today, including Trafalgar Square, Embankment and Piccadilly.

"I have been a keen amateur photographer since the age of 13, focussing mainly but not exclusively, on railway subjects," he told the Standard.

The 67-year-old was born inWolverhampton but lived in London for a brief period in the seventies.

"I began taking photographs in 1963 in a bid to record the rapidly disappearing steam locomotives then still in use at that time," he said.

"My interest waned following the demise of steam operations on British Railways in 1968 and went through an hiatus which lasted until 1975.

"Nowadays, I tend to take photographs in any situation in which I find myself and as the mood takes me."

One particularly fascinating image shows a pro-choice protest taking place in 1976 - with hundreds of campaigners showing their support for free action to abortion.

The images also reveal that some things in London have not changed as much as many would imagine, as seen in one picture of a traffic jam in Trafalgar Square.

Red double-decker buses are seen bumper to bumpertrying to drive through the central London landmark - a sight familiar to many Londoners today.

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