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Blackfriars Bridge, London

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Blackfriars Bridge is a road and foot traffic bridge over the River Thames in London, between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Railway Bridge, carrying the A201 road. The north end is near the Inns of Court and Temple Church, along with Blackfriars station. The south end is near the Tate Modern art gallery and the Oxo Tower.HistoryThe first fixed crossing at Blackfriars was a 995ft long toll bridge designed in an Italianate style by Robert Mylne and constructed with nine semi-elliptical arches of Portland stone. Beating designs by John Gwynn and George Dance, it took nine years to build, opening to the public in 1769. It was the third bridge across the Thames in the then built-up area of London, supplementing the ancient London Bridge, which dated from several centuries earlier, and Westminster Bridge. It was originally named "William Pitt Bridge" (after the Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder) as a dedication, but its informal name relating to the precinct within the City named after the Blackfriars Monastery, a Dominican priory which once stood nearby, was generally adopted. It was later made toll free.
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  • Not a bridge I hang out often, then again I am not a banker for the Vatican. This is an attractive low key bridge that you can walk across.  more »
  • It does the job. It got me over the Thames without getting me wet. What more can I say about his functional thing.  more »
  • The Blackfriars Bridge but particularly now not that is one of the more popular and prettier bending over in London. Not worth its own visiting.
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  • Great modern station making good use of solar energy. Lots of light on the platforms and great views. Could do with a few more self serve machines and with ditching the staff who aren't particularly knowledgeable.
  • Blackfriars Railway Bridge is a railway bridge crossing the River Thames in London, between Blackfriars Bridge and the Millennium Bridge. There have been two structures with the name. The first bridge was opened in 1864 and was designed by Joseph Cubitt for the London, Chatham and Dover Railway. Massive abutments at each end carried the railway's insignia, preserved and restored on the south side
  • Freeby..and lots of interesting places the foreshore when the tide is out
  • Good to walk over at weekends when motor traffic reduced. Shame that so many cyclists are so arrogant and ignore red lights particularly where pedestrians need to cross, and this after millions of public money spent on cycling infrastructure on the bridge and around the area. Ungrateful to say the least and shamefully those cyclists who do respect road laws themselves do not remonstrate with the law breakers
  • It's a fab bridge, it goes to both sides of the river and everything! You can drive or walk on it and it's even good a segregated cycle track! Heavenly!!
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