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Southwark Bridge, London

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Southwark Bridge is an arch bridge in London, England, for traffic linking the district of Southwark and the City across the River Thames. It has the lowest traffic utilisation of any bridge in central London.HistoryA previous bridge, designed by John Rennie, opened on the site in 1819 and was originally known as Queen Street Bridge, as shown on the 1818 John Snow Map of London. The bridge consisted of three large cast-iron spans supported by granite piers. The bridge was notable for having the longest cast iron span, 240ft, ever made. It was a commercial tolled operation which was trying to compete with the toll free Blackfriars and London bridges nearby, but the company became bankrupt and its interest were acquired by the Bridge House Estates which then made it toll free in 1864.A new bridge on the site was designed by Ernest George and Basil Mott. It was built by Sir William Arrol & Co. and opened in 1921.Halfway along the bridge on the Western side is a plaque which is inscribed:Re-built by the Bridge House Estates Committee of the Corporation of London 1913-1921 Opened for traffic by their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary 6th June 1921 Sir Ernest Lamb CMG, JP Chairman Basil Mott, CB Engineer Sir Ernest George RA Architect
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  • August 1, 2017
    Southwark Bridge is a bridge located between London Bridge and the Millennium Bridge. Others too well-known and less noticeable, but is a good bridge.
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  • July 22, 2017
    A boat trip was the best opportunity to seize new details and some photographs that I like to refer to my previous review to attach while historical and engineering aspects of this beautiful bridge. The banks instead is always wonderful immortalize it both night and day, with in the background the Tower bridge or the Shard that is still the highest in Europe. I enclose some shots recall if this review did you like, you can read about my many other out of London and I'm glad a click on: is it useful? Thanks:)
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  • July 21, 2017
    I Like this bridge as it has lovely old-fashioned lamposts. On the south bank of the river there is a tunnel under the bridge and very often there are buskers there.  more »
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  • Take this bridge on foot during sunset, you'll get a beautiful view
  • Great views over thames
  • My friend Ewan says it was nice & the Southbank Cinema was also nice.
  • Great place to see the new year eve fireworks.
  • Beautiful bridge.

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