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Southwark Bridge, London

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
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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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  • In London we found with several bridges very picturesque that cross the Thames, some them crossed to foot and others them observe from our walk in boat by the river. This bridge is located between London Bridge and the Millennium Bridge, built in iron and painted green. Although it is not one of the most famous, connects us with the Tate Modern and Shakespeare Theatre.
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  • Day quite unnoticed this elegant metal bridge over the Thames that adjoins the bridge of the Millennium, but the night lighting makes a dazzling star in front of Tower Bridge. Very successful.
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  • The bridge more colorful over the River Thames. Their green and gold colors draw attention from a distance. Visit them in the morning and in the evening, on both occasions beautiful. Safe and cared for the area.
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  • You get a great far view of the London Bridge from here!
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