No. 1179: Poland Street, W1
Poland Street, London, W1. Photo ©RogerDean 2014
Curiosities Of London Life: Or Phases, Physiological And Social, Of The Great Metropolis – Charles Manby Smith, 1857:
It is a day of hard frost, about the middle of February, and the hour is near noon; in the country the air would be clear, with the exception of the few drifting snow-flakes which the east wind drives in fantastic courses ere they settle on the ground; but in London, though there is no fog, the smoke refuses to rise far above the level of the house-tops; and, congealed by the breath of winter, wraps every distant object in a semi-transparent curtain.