Tower Bridge 120th Aniiversary

Posted: February 24, 2015 in History, London, UK
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Tower Bridge from the pool of London

Tower Bridge from the pool of London

This year marks the 120th Anniversary of the opening of Tower Bridge.

In the late 19th century, the city authorities decided that an additional crossing of the river was needed downstream of the Pool of London. This meant that any crossing would have to include some way that masted ships could enter the Pool. They devised a design competition and over 50 entries were recieved. Most were for high bridges or bridges that opened but some were more imaginative.

Frederick Bennet's design for river crossing

Frederick Bennet’s design for river crossing

The winning design was by John Wolfe Barry who with Horace Jones, the city architect oversaw the construction which took a labour force of nearly 500 men 8 years to complete.

Horace Jones

Horace Jones

John Wolfe Barry

John Wolfe Barry by Lambert Weston (1806-95) or his son Sidney Weston (1842-93),


From http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AJohnWolfeBarry2.jpg

The Bridge was finally opened on 30th June 1894.

The opening of Tower Bridge by W L Wylie (1894)

The opening of Tower Bridge by W L Wylie (1894)

These pictures were taken from an excellent exhibition running at the Guildhall Art Gallery in London to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the opening.

Forever Imagical Tower bridge by Mentor Chico (2014)

Forever Imagical Tower bridge by Mentor Chico (2014)

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