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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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  • could not miss a skyline view seen from the Thames, quite charming with a view even on the London Eye
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  • The bridge, arch-shaped, divides the District of Southwark and London. The bridge is beautiful and worth being admired.
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  • One of the bridges in Central London linking the City on the North Bank and Southwark on the South. The bridge is designed for cars and pedestrians, built at the beginning of the 20 century, replaced an older, beginning 19 century. Any interesting stories and legends with bridge is not associated, just functional construction.
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  • S b R idge is a bridge
  • You get a great far view of the London Bridge from here!
  • Great Thames view.