Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - London Bridge, looking North-West

London Bridge - photograph


The most noticeable thing about London Bridge is the enormous traffic over it - now, however, appreciably relieved by the Tower Bridge a little further east. London Bridge is only 54 feet broad, so that it is not surprising that many projects for widening should have been discussed. The first bridge over the Thames at this point was built about AD. 994 the first stone one was finished in 1208. Since then the bridge has often been the scene of fighting and tumult, as well as of state pageants. In Elizabeth's reign it was restored; afterwards the horrid custom grew up of exposing upon it the heads of traitors. The present bridge was commenced under Rennie in 1824, and cost £506,000.