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Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge is a bridge over the River Thames that has become one of London's best known icons.

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule (moveable opening bridge) and suspension bridge. Construction of the bridge was completed in 1894. At the top, joining the two towers, are elevated high-level walkways which offer a spectacular view of the city.

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Tower Bridge: A Souvenir Guide

By Tower Bridge

Scala Arts Publishers Inc.
Paperback (48 pages)

Tower Bridge: A Souvenir Guide
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Arguably the most famous bridge in the world, Tower Bridge was built in the late nineteenth century and immediately acclaimed as a feat of Victorian engineering. Designed to ease road traffic while maintaining river access, it was constructed with giant moveable roadways that lift up for passing ships. It quickly became known as the 'Wonder Bridge'.

Celebrating this truly iconic London structure, a focal point of the city and the River Thames, this book tells the story of the bridge and its design with a range of stunning historical and contemporary photos. The bridge's history is brought to life with an array of fascinating facts (around 40,000 people cross the bridge every day) and colorful anecdotes (in 1952 the driver of a double decker bus managed to jump the 3-foot gap when the bridge began to open up as he was halfway over).

With a contemporary design and striking cover, this will be the perfect introduction to one of London's most impressive sights.

Tower Bridge: The History and Legacy of London’s Most Iconic Bridge

By Charles River Editors

Charles River Editors
Released: 2017-04-02
Kindle Edition (58 pages)

Tower Bridge: The History and Legacy of London’s Most Iconic Bridge
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*Includes contemporary accounts of its design, construction, and history
*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

“London Bridge is falling down,
Falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady.”

For most people, this playful child’s rhyme conjures up visions of the tall, majestic, two-towered bridge spanning the River Thames near the Tower of London, with its high footpath providing one of the best views available of the city. The only problem is, this vision is wrong, for the London Bridge of modern times is neither tall nor majestic. Indeed, it is not at all memorable for any reason except for its ability to get the city’s commuters back and forth to work each day.

In fact, the tall bridge that symbolizes not just the city but the nation is Tower Bridge, and while it is among the oldest major bridges in London, it is hardly the first to have been built on the Thames, or even on that spot. In actuality, the first men to build a bridge on that spot probably spoke Latin as their first language.

As time passed, technology changed, and with it, the nature of bridge building. Wood gave way to stone, which in turn gave way to iron and steel. At the same, London grew on both land and water, with more people living in and near the city, and more people plying the river in bigger and bigger ships. The people on land needed to get across the river, and the people on the river needed to be able to move along without too much interference. It was obvious that the city needed a new bridge, but years passed before the right design for one came along.

When it finally did, there were still other, non-practical concerns, specifically that the bridge fit in with its surrounding historical environment. In particular, this meant that Londoners wanted to ensure that the bridge’s look fit in with the nearby Tower of London. Thus was born a bridge conceived within the marriage of need and desire, strength and beauty. Tower Bridge is unlikely to fall down, or even be torn down, anytime soon, but it is still worthy of singing about.

Tower Bridge: The History and Legacy of London’s Most Iconic Bridge examines the long and storied history of one of England’s most famous landmarks. Along with pictures depicting important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Tower Bridge like never before.

Tower Bridge London: Operations Manual (1894 to date)

By John M. Smith

Haynes Publishing UK
Released: 2019-05-28
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The fascinating story of the design, construction and operation of Tower Bridge - a London icon and masterpiece of Victorian engineering - to coincide with the 125 anniversary of its opening.  Written with the cooperation of the Tower Bridge organisation and the Deputy Director of Engineering for the City of London. Fully illustrated with archive photographs, illustrations and modern colour.


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