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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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  • Not especially attractive, but functional, linking important parts of town, but not pretty. Views of the Thames.  more »
  • I remember taking a boat trip along the Thames from Westminster to the Tower of London many years ago. The guide when we passed under Southwark Bridge described it as the least used of all the bridges...  more »
  • This is an arch bridge across the River Thames for traffic linking Southwark and the City. Recently restored, its green and gold colour is strikingly lovely. Best views of the bridge can be seen from ...  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.