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Tower Bridge on its opening day in 1894 - From 'The Face Of London' by Harold P. Clunn 1956.

Above - Tower Bridge on its opening day in 1894 - From 'The Face Of London' by Harold P. Clunn 1956.

 

Tower Bridge in London, designed by Sir Horace Jones and built by Sir John Wolfe Barry, is a monument to the Victorian era and sums up many aspects of its character. Completed in 1894, the bridge was a feat of mechanical engineering that would have been impossible at the start of Victoria’s reign, yet the modern machinery was clad in Gothic Revival architecture in order to harmonize with the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament upriver. Even the functioning of the bridge, like the drawbridge of a medieval castle, evokes Tennysonian nostalgia for a romantic past of ideal chivalry. This immensely costly and complicated fusion of the Middle Ages and the Age of Steel was also designed as the gate for what was then the world’s greatest port and imperial capital, from which trade flowed out across the largest empire of all time.

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Tower Bridge in the 1950's

Above - Tower Bridge in the 1950's

 

Tower Bridge at night in 2003 (Photo M.L.)

Above - Tower Bridge at night in 2003 (Photo M.L.)

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You may like to visit the 'Tower Bridge Exhibition' Website here.

 

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