Tuesday, 10 July 2012

London Bridges No.3: Southwark Bridge


Southwark Bridge


Opened: 1921


Designed By: Ernest George and Basil Mott


Connects: The City of London (North) with Southwark (South)




History: This “new” bridge replaces one by John Rennie, an iron bridge, which stood from 1819 and was known as the Queen Street Bridge.


Famous Friends: Charles Dickens writes of the old bridge in both Little Dorrit and Our Mutual Friend.

Did You Know…?: Urban legend has it that if you see anyone on this bridge then they are probably lost. This wisecrack originates from the observation that it is a much less busy bridge than, say, London or Blackfriars. Coach drivers have been known to call it “the car park bridge”.

London Walks By The Bridge:  See Southwark Bridge on the Along the Thames Pub Walk



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