|Carries||2 lanes of A100 Tower Bridge Road, cyclists, and pedestrians|
– north side: Tower Hamlets
– south side: Southwark
|Maintained by||Bridge House Estates|
|Heritage status||Grade I listed structure|
|Preceded by||London Bridge|
|Followed by||Queen Elizabeth II Bridge|
|Design||Bascule bridge / Suspension Bridge|
|Total length||801 ft (244 m)|
|Height||213 ft (65 m)|
|Longest span||270 ft (82.3 m)|
|Clearance below||28 ft (8.6 m) (closed)|
139 ft (42.5 m) (open)
(mean high water spring tide)
|Opened||30 June 1894|
The north side of the bridge is Tower Hill, and the south side of the bridge comes down into Bermondsey, an area in Southwark. Tower Bridge is far more visible than London Bridge, which people often mistake it for. Many tourists go to London to see the Tower Bridge. It has its own exhibition centre in the horizontal walkway. This gives one of the best vantage points in London.
The "bascules" are the surfaces raised to allow tall ships to pass through: this happens about 900 times per year. The bridge's decks (bascules) can be raised to 83o from the horizontal.
History[change | change source]
The City of London Corporation held a competition for the design in 1876. Over 50 designs were entered, and in 1884 Horace Jones and John Wolfe Barry's design was chosen.
Workers began to build the Tower Bridge in April 1886 and the bridge was opened in 30 June 1894.
Gallery[change | change source]
Tower Bridge,London Getting Opened[change | change source]
Tower Bridge Photo[change | change source]
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Media related to Tower Bridge at Wikimedia Commons