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Filename: aa83_01325.jpg

Size: 4950 x 3815 (5.0MB)

Date: 29th September 2009

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

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Tower Bridge under construction a83_01325

TOWER BRIDGE, London. The bridge under construction around 1889. This picture was taken from the River Thames with shipping in the foreground. Construction of the bridge began in 1881 and was completed by 1894 to the designs of Sir Horace Jones

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Boat Bridge Construction River Victorian


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> Historic Images > More Lost London

> Historic Images > The Victorian Age > The 1880s

> Industry > Engineering and Construction

> Transport > Bridges > Tower Bridge

> Transport > Bridges

> Transport > Ships and boats


EDITORS COMMENTS
This photograph, titled "Tower Bridge under Construction," transports us back in time to the late 19th century in London. The image, taken from the River Thames, showcases the grandeur and intricacy of the bridge's construction process. Tower Bridge, an engineering marvel of its time, was the brainchild of Sir Horace Jones and the construction began in 1881. The bridge, a fusion of Gothic and Victorian architectural styles, was designed to alleviate the traffic congestion in the area and to provide an unobstructed passage for tall ships navigating the Thames. The bridge's iconic bascules, or leaves, were designed to open when large vessels passed underneath, making it a unique and functional structure. The photograph offers a glimpse into the industrious era of the Victorian period, with the hustle and bustle of the construction site in full swing. The river, dotted with boats and ships, adds to the scene's vibrancy and energy. The bridge's imposing structure, still under development, stands tall against the backdrop of the London skyline. The intricate details of the bridge's design are evident in the photograph, from the ornate towers to the intricate machinery that would eventually allow the bascules to open and close. The construction process was a testament to the engineering prowess of the time, and this photograph serves as a reminder of the ingenuity and determination that went into building this iconic London landmark. This photograph, taken from the Historic England Archive, is a treasure trove of history and a testament to the rich architectural heritage of London. It offers a unique perspective into the past, allowing us to witness the construction of a bridge that continues to captivate and inspire visitors to this day.

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