WHERE the Victoria Station now stands at one period was a thickly populated district, with Charlotte Street as the main thoroughfare. The whole of the shops and dwellings had perforce to be demolished, ere the preliminary work in connection with the joint-station of the Great Central and Great Northern Railways could be initiated. This side of Milton Street presents a vastly different appearance nowadays, the shops which immediately faced the Mechanics Institution being to-day non est. the shrill sound of the railway whistle now taking the place of the various cries of the custom-seeking tradesmen of days gone by.