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Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge Road, London

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Location

Address

Tower Bridge Road, London, England, United Kingdom SE1

Bordering Streets

Tower Bridge Road

Neighborhood

The City

Fast Facts

Built

1894

Maximum Height

213 feet / 65 meters
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Tourists usually think this is the "London Bridge" from the children's song, but it isn't That is further upriver, and a lot less interesting looking. This is the Tower Bridge, so called because it is adjacent to the Tower of London. It is actually a drawbridge, but the decks are rarely raised these days, as most heavy shipping happens downstream. It is interesting to keep an eye on the river when you visit. The Thames is given to wild swings in tide. Dinghies that are tied to buoys and floating 20 feet from shore may be resting on the muddy bottom of the river by the time you're done with the tour.

Raw Data

Construction Start

1886

Construction End

1894

Cost

£1,184,

By The Numbers

• Closed span clearance: 28 feet.
• Open span clearance: 139 feet.
• Steel: 11,000 tons

Size[Explanation ♐]

Maximum Height: 213 feet / 65 meters

Noteworthy Facts

• The bridge was originally a green-blue color. It was painted red, white, and blue in 1977 for Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee.
• This bridge was almost never built. The committee in charge of the river crossing project considered building a tunnel instead.
• This bridge replaced a pedestrian tunnel under the Thames that closed in 1898.
• The central bascules can be raised to an angle of 83 degrees.
• Each bascule weighs over 1,000 tons.

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Timeline

• 1887: The bridge's original architect, Sir Horace Jones, died and was replaced by George D. Stevenson to complete the project.
• June 30, 1894: This bridge opened to the public.

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