Photo(s) of the Week: Tower Bridge

Posted by Adrienne on June 26, 2013 under Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

Many people, when they hear the song “London Bridge is Falling Down” think of this structure:

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From London I

But that is incorrect; the song refers to a completely different (and much older) bridge. This bridge is only a little more than 100 years old, and has a different name entirely:

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From London I

Tower Bridge was constructed in the late 19th century, and was opened to the public in 1894. Its main purpose was to allow pedestrians and vehicular traffic to cross the Thames between the City of London on the north bank and Southwark on the south bank. Over one hundred years later, it is still fulfilling its purpose:

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From London I

But the Thames is a busy river, and the bridge needed to allow boat traffic to pass, so it was constructed as a bascule bridge, that is, a drawbridge (it was the largest such bridge at the time of its completion in 1894). This would allow the roadway to be raised and lowered to let ships through:

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From London I

Our crossing on our visit to London featured a large amount of traffic (including lots of fellow tourists!) and an exhibition of Tower Bridge’s drawbridge capabilities. We took many fine pictures, but did not visit the museum inside the bridge. Perhaps we will stop by again on our next visit.

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From London I

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