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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EDITORS COMMENTS This print takes us back in time to the late 19th century, showcasing the iconic Tower Bridge under construction. The image captures a momentous period in London's history when this architectural marvel was being brought to life. Taken around 1889 from the River Thames, it offers a unique perspective with bustling shipping activity in the foreground. The bridge itself stands as a testament to Victorian engineering and ingenuity. Its grandeur and intricate design are evident even during its construction phase. Sir Horace Jones, the brilliant mind behind this masterpiece, meticulously planned every detail of its construction which began in 1881 and concluded by 1894. As we gaze upon this photograph, we can't help but be awestruck by the sheer magnitude of this project. Tower Bridge emerges majestically amidst scaffolding and cranes, symbolizing progress and ambition that defined an era. The presence of boats on the river adds another layer of historical context to this image. It reminds us that while London was evolving rapidly into a modern metropolis, maritime trade remained at its core - connecting people, goods, and ideas from all corners of the world. Preserved within Historic England Archive's collection, this print allows us to appreciate not only the beauty of Tower Bridge but also serves as a visual reminder of our rich heritage and how far we have come since those early days of construction along London's beloved River Thames.
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