Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge Road, London, England, The City SE1 United KingdomPrint this page   •   Share this page

Tourists usually think this is the "London Bridge" from the children's song, but it isn't That is further upriver, and a lot less interesting looking. This is the Tower Bridge, so called because it is adjacent to the Tower of London. It is actually a drawbridge, but the decks are rarely raised these days, as most heavy shipping happens downstream. It is interesting to keep an eye on the river when you visit. The Thames is given to wild swings in tide. Dinghies that are tied to buoys and floating 20 feet from shore may be resting on the muddy bottom of the river by the time you're done with the tour.

Quick Facts
  • Construction start: 1886
  • Construction finish: 1894
  • Designed by: Sir Horace Jones
  • Cost: £1,184,000
  • Type: Bridge
  • Maximum Height: 213 feet / 65 meters
  • Maximum Length: 801
Statistics
  • Closed span clearance: 28 feet.
  • Open span clearance: 139 feet.
Timeline
  • 1887: The bridge's original architect, Sir Horace Jones, died and was replaced by George D. Stevenson to complete the project.
  • June 30, 1894: This bridge opened to the public.
Notes
  • This bridge was almost never built. The committee in charge of the river crossing project considered building a tunnel instead.
  • Designed by: Sir Horace Jones.
  • Design engineer: Sir John Wolfe Barry
  • Construction engineer: E W Crutwell
  • Foundation contractor: Sir John Jackson
  • Hydraulics contractor: Baron Armstrong
  • General contractor: William Webster
  • General contractor: Sir H.H. Bartlett
  • General contractor: Sir William Arrol & Company
  • The bridge was originally a green-blue color. It was painted red, white, and blue in 1977 for Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee.
  • This bridge replaced a pedestrian tunnel under the Thames that closed in 1898.
  • The central bascules can be raised to an angle of 83 degrees.
  • Each bascule weighs over 1,000 tons.
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There are two comments.

  very beutful and nice brige and iwish to see it in nature not in photo but icant because im from iraq and idont have enough money

tariq ibrahim ahmed - Thursday, March 20th, 2008 @ 11:57am  

  An ancient bridge with history and beauty, Unique and instantly recognisable, wonderful to fly over when arriving by air in London.

Mal Walker - Sunday, March 13th, 2005 @ 2:43am