Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

hkskyline

London Tower Bridge

Recommended Posts

Description

Tower Bridge was completed in 1894 after 8 years of construction. However, many people don't realise why it was even built in the first place, or why it is so different from London's other bridges. Originally, London Bridge was the only crossing over the Thames. As London grew, so more bridges were added, but these were all to the west of London Bridge, since the area east of London Bridge had become a busy port. In the 19th century, the east end of London became so densely populated that public pressure mounted for a bridge to the east of London Bridge, as journeys for pedestrians and vehicles were being delayed literally by hours.

Finally in 1876, the Corporation of London, who were responsible for that part of the Thames, decided that the problem could be put off no longer.

More Information : http://www.towerbridge.org.uk/TowerBridge/.../BridgeHistory/

DSCN5308.jpg

DSCN5362.jpg

DSCN5376.jpg

The view from the upper level walkways is quite impressive. There are actually two parallel walkways - one facing east and the other facing west. Looking east towards Canary Wharf

DSCN5317.jpg

DSCN5318.jpg

DSCN5319.jpg

DSCN5321.jpg

DSCN5325.jpg

Looking west towards St. Paul's

DSCN5315.jpg

DSCN5327.jpg

DSCN5331.jpg

DSCN5337.jpg

DSCN5340.jpg

DSCN5346.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Cool, historical bridge. The towers must hold the machinery that raises the road deck.  :D

<{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Great Great Photos! The mechanical bits for rasing the drawbridge are actually located in the base on each side. It is a true drawbridge that splits down the middle. Considering its age it was considered a feat of engineering when built.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A little off topic but I couldn't go without mentioning that this is the coolest skyscraper I've ever seen!

DSCN5340.jpg

Very neat!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The photos weren't working so I re-hosted them elsewhere :

DSCN5308.jpg

DSCN5362.jpg

DSCN5376.jpg

The view from the upper level walkways is quite impressive. There are actually two parallel walkways - one facing east and the other facing west. Looking east towards Canary Wharf

DSCN5317.jpg

DSCN5318.jpg

DSCN5319.jpg

DSCN5321.jpg

DSCN5325.jpg

Looking west towards St. Paul's

DSCN5315.jpg

DSCN5327.jpg

DSCN5331.jpg

DSCN5337.jpg

DSCN5340.jpg

DSCN5346.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The mechanical bits for rasing the drawbridge are actually located in the base on each side. It is a true drawbridge that splits down the middle. Considering its age it was considered a feat of engineering when built.
I have to agree with that; building the towers for this bridge was like constructing a building in the middle of the river and on top of hoisting machinery and isn't that easy even today. I still think those towers are an engineering marvel and whoever built it was a true genious. :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.