Play music Print this page Add to Favourites click here for London weather
Peter West Tours
Welcome   Terms of Business   Booking   Fees   About us   Tourist Links   Contact us
Our Tours   Kensington   Westminster Abbey   France   Ireland   Stonehenge & Bath   Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle)  
Windsor & Hampton Court   Chartwell/Hever/Leeds   The Cotswolds   London Tours   Stratford upon Avon & Warwick Castle  
2006-2011 Testimonials   2012-2017 Testimonials


Here is some information on London Bridge.

Up until Westminster Bridge was opened in 1750, London Bridge was the city's only crossing over the Thames. And, although its most recent incarnation leaves much to be desired, the bridge has a rich and wonderfully varied history dating back to Roman times. In fact, following the establishment of a permanent crossing in 100 AD, successive bridges were burnt down (by the Danes in 1014 and then again in 1136) or blown away. However, it was with the river's medieval structure that London Bridge came to prominence, boasting timber houses along its length each several storeys high. The crowning glory was the flamboyant and richly decorated Nonsuch House, complete with chapel and Dutch style gables. At the Southwark end, however, the bridge's Gatehouse displayed the tar-preserved severed heads of traitors, a grisly spectacle which counted William Wallace and Thomas More among the unfortunate victims.

Following the removal of houses from the bridge in the 18th century, a competition was held to design a new London Bridge. Built by Sir John Rennie and opened in 1831 the bridge, which stood for 130 years, was eventually sold to a businessman in the US during the 1960s. Moved, and then reassembled piece by piece in Lake Havasu - Arizona, legend has it that the buyer mistakenly thought he'd acquired the rather more impressive Tower Bridge

London Bridge today is not the same London Bridge that crossed the Thames when it was first built. Peter, a priest and chaplain of St. Mary's of Colechurch, began the foundation of the original bridge in 1176 to replace a wooden bridge (expensive to maintain and repeatedly burned down) that had first been built by the Romans. London Bridge is the oldest station in London and was first opened in 1836. Today it serves over 42 million people every year. The station was originally made up of two and this is still apparent in the combination of through and terminal platforms. The through platforms lie on the Kent and South East London routes into Charing Cross and Cannon Street. The remainder is the terminus for routes from Sussex and South London. The station is also served by First Capital Connect which runs trains every 15 minutes between Brighton, Gatwick, Luton and Bedford.

Between 1968 and 1971, it was dismantled and shipped across the Atlantic to the United States, where it was rebuilt in Lake Havasu City, where it still stands, crossing Lake Havasu, 255 kilometres south of Hoover Dam on the Colorado River. The London Bridge, currently located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, USA, was originally constructed in London, in 1831. The bridge was the last project of engineer John Rennie and completed by his son, also named John Rennie. By 1962, the bridge was not structurally sound enough to support the increased load created by the level of modern traffic crossing it, and it was sold by the City of London.

Battersea Bridge -- In 1795 four of the spans were made into two by inserting iron girder sections. The piers and wooden railings along the roadway had to be repaired so frequently that soon little of the original fabric remained. Between 1821 - 24 the wooden fences were replaced by 4 ft-high iron railings. The timber bridge was the subject of a series of paintings by James Whistler. The opening of the Victoria Bridge in 1858 brought a drop in revenue for Battersea tollbridge and when the bridge was purchased by the Metropolitan Board of Works, they found it in need of replacement. The Board's engineer, Sir Joseph Bazalgette, designed a new five-span bridge. After a temporary bridge was completed in 1885, work on the new bridge in 1886. The wrought-iron and steel cantilever bridge has five segmental spans. With two footpaths, the bridge has a total width of 55 ft.

Additional Information
About France   The Crown Jewels   Tower Bridge London
History of Hever Castle   History of London Bridge   London's interesting markets