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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 on 6 June 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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  • The Southwark bridge connects the districts of Southwark and the City of London. An interesting example of 19th-century architecture and a place that is difficult to avoid while walking around London.  more »
  • Superb and iconic views up and down the river Thames. Beautiful green arches striding across the river. Very close tolcots of other attractions  more »
  • Southwark Bridge basically links Southwark and the City of London across the River Thames. It is used by both vehicles & pedestrians & it is by far the least used of all of central London's bridges. Y...  more »
  • It's a bridge. Nice views of the shard and the skyscrapers in the city though
  • Take this bridge on foot during sunset, you'll get a beautiful view
  • Beautiful but illuminations poor at night
  • My favourite bridge always less congestion
  • My friend Ewan says it was nice & the Southbank Cinema was also nice.

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