When was the London Tower Bridge built
London Bridge was originally the only crossing for the Thames but as the population of London grew, new bridges were needed. At this time the east end of London was a thriving, densely populated port being served by hundreds of boats including Thames Sailing Barges. By the 19th century, journeys for pedestrians and vehicles were being delayed by hours and it was clear that London desperately needed a new bridge.
Finally in 1876 the City of London Corporation decided the problem had to be addressed and made the decision to build a new bridge to the east of London Bridge
Who Designed Tower Bridge?
A huge challenge faced the City of London Corporation – how to build a bridge downstream from London Bridge without disrupting river traffic activities. A special committee formed in 1876 opened the design for the new crossing to public competition. Over 50 designs were submitted for consideration, many of which are on display at Tower Bridge Exhibition. It wasn’t until October 1884 however, that Horace Jones, the City Architect, in collaboration with John Wolfe Barry, offered the chosen design for Tower Bridge as a solution.
It took 8 years and 5 major contractors to complete the new bridge with a total of 432 construction workers working on the project.
How did they build Tower Bridge?
Two massive piers were sunk into the river bed to support the construction and over 11, 000 tons of steel provided the framework for the Towers and Walkways. The steel was clad in Cornish granite and Portland stone and designed in a gothic style that gives the Bridge its recognizable appearance
How does Tower Bridge Work?
When it was built, Tower Bridge was the largest and most sophisticated bascule bridge ever completed (“bascule” comes from the French for “see-saw”). These bascules were operated by hydraulics, using steam to power the enormous pumping engines which can still be seen today in the Tower Bridge exhibition. The energy created was stored in six massive accumulators, as soon as power was required to lift the Bridge, it was always readily available. The accumulators fed the driving engines, which drove the bascules up and down. Despite the complexity of the system, the bascules only took about a minute to raise to their maximum angle of 86 degrees.
Open Tower Bridge Exclusively?
The bridge was built for vessels like our very own Sailing Barge Will. The sail trade sustained London for centuries with vessels such as Thames Sailing Barges coming and going with all manner or cargoes. With the high masts and rigging this entailed, the new bridge for London had to be able to accommodate this height. The Victorian engineers and architects decided against a suspension bridge and built the Tower Bridge with rising bascules that we recognise today. Sailing Barge Will till this day can still open the bridge due to her tall mast – why not join us and open this iconic London landmark exclusively for your guests? Trust us, it’s quite something!london clock since 1922 boy london since 1976 london population since 1900 london through the ages london through time london through a lens london through the ages ks2 london through time book london through a window london through my eyes london through thick and thin london drive thru cinema london drive thru covid testing london drive thru restaurant london drive thru zoo london drive thru food london steppers thru the vibe london drive thru shisha london drive thru covid vaccine london to amsterdam london to manchester london to edinburgh train london to new york london to amsterdam train london towards lockdown towards london london heading towards tier 3 m4 towards london southeastern towards london charing cross m1 towards london traffic a13 towards london traffic 401 towards london no. 1 london under london london under fire london under attack london under roman rule london under book london under cover underneath london sky london christmas band underneath the tree river underneath london mask underneath london bridge pub underneath london bridge book underneath london cleopatra's needle london underneath london until further notice london until when tier 4 until london london lockdown until when quarantine london until when london lockdown until may london lockdown until april london lockdown until july london up and coming areas 2021 london up and coming areas london up in the sky london up and coming restaurants london up and coming artists london up stroller london up and coming designers london up and coming neighborhoods london versus new york london versus paris london versus city of london london versus england london versus sydney london vs toronto london versus manchester london vs dublin london via rail london via train station london via station inconnu london via rail parking london via rail robert q london via rail schedule london via train london via rail to toronto london with kids london with teenagers london with toddlers london with children london with family london with a baby london with tweens london within the old roman walls london within london london within m25 london within the walls london bus within 1 hour london postcodes within m25 london population within city limits london city within a city london without vaccine london without ielts london without thames barrier london without fuel london without petrol london without mask london without gas london without water j london cigars jlondonostyle london boutique london milano london weebly p london ig uk london uk london time uk london zip code uk london weather uk london covid uk london area code uk london map uk london covid cases london airport london apartments london after midnight london auto sales london apartments for rent london area code london airbnb london airport code london broil london bridge london broil recipe london bridge is falling down london broil marinade london breed london brown london bridge arizona london covid london calling london chop house london canada london city london covid cases london covid restrictions london currency london dispersion forces london daily mail london fog luggage