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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 »
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  • This, one of London's least-known bridges, will reach its centenary in 2021. For drivers it is very difficult to find, which is one reason for its under-utilisation by traffic. The best views of it can be gained from the walkway along the south side of the Thames or from the deck of a boat. It was nice to sail under it again on a recent cruise up and down the river from Gravesend. A restoration was completed about 5 years ago and the five cast-iron arches supported by four stone granite piers look better than ever. The unusual turquoise-blue and green color is fairly attractive, there are some nice embellishments such as the lanterns, and there is a good view of St. Paul's Cathedral.
  • Handy bridge, in a good location. Does get busy at peak times.
  • Southwark Bridge is an arch bridge for vehicle and pedestrian traffic linking the district of Southwark and the City across the River Thames. It has the lowest traffic utilization of any bridge in central London and one of the reasons I like crossing there. The bridge provides access to Upper Thames Street on the north bank and, due to the ring of steel (e.g. the security and surveillance cordon consisting of road barriers, checkpoints and several hundred CCTV cameras surrounding the City of London, the financial district at the heart of Greater London. The measures have been used since the 1990s to deter terrorism and other threats), there is no further road access to the City and the north. The bridge is owned and maintained by Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust overseen by the City of London Corporation. The current bridge was built by Sir William Arrol & Co. and opened on 6 June 1921. Southwark Bridge appears in many films, including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). The cream painted houses on the south side of the bridge, Anchor Terrace, just after the FT building, were used for the exterior shots of the shared house in This Life. The 1819-1920 "Iron Bridge" is mentioned in the first sentence of "Our Mutual Friend" by Charles Dickens, and several times in his "Little Dorrit", where in Chapter 18 he identifies the toll as being one penny. Some interesting trivia about the bridge: Southwark Bridge appears in many films, including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). The cream painted houses on the south side of the bridge, Anchor Terrace, just after the Financial Times building, were used for the exterior shots of the shared house in This Life. In the 1964 Disney film Mary Poppins, the Banks family mistakenly think that George W. Banks has committed suicide by jumping off the bridge after he is fired from his job at the bank.
  • Another of London's famous bridges. Very nicely lite up at night and a nice view from the Southbank side
  • Always something going on and a great spot for photography (sorry about quality here - phone camera broken)
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