11 Incredible Pictures From The Great Smog Of 1952

05/12/2013 10:49 GMT | Updated 05/12/2013 11:25 GMT

The Great Smog of 1952 took hold on London exactly 61 years ago, claiming an estimated 4000 lives.

A spell of cold weather, combined windless conditions then gathered air particles mainly from the excessive use of coal, which then formed a thick layer of smog over the capital city. Daylight then turned in to dusk-like conditions as the fog crippled the city.

The smog lasted for five days causing major disruption throughout London.

The Great Smog of 1952