SOUTH-EASTERN RAILWAY BRIDGE. The South-Eastern Railway Company are constructing a bridge over the Thames between Southwark and London Bridges for a branch of their line from the Charing Cross Railway to a terminus in Cannon Street about to be erected.
Cruchley's London in 1865 : A Handbook for Strangers, 1865
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Cannon Street Bridge belongs to the South-Eastern Railway Company, and was built to carry their extension line from London-bridge. It is a plain, matter-of-fact structure, with no very special features about it either of comparative beauty or positive ugliness, being built in five girder spans of iron, the three central of 167 ft., the two outer of 135 ft, resting on cylinder piers. There is a sidewalk outside the eastern parapet for foot passengers, but it is not easy to find.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879
see also A.R.Bennett in London and Londoners - click here