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05/12/2013 05:49 GMT | Updated 05/12/2013 06:25 GMT

11 Incredible Pictures From The Great Smog Of 1952

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.

Photo galleryThe Great Smog of 1952 See Gallery