Tower Bridge

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Coordinates: 51°30′20″N 0°04′32″W / 51.50556°N 0.07556°W / 51.50556; -0.07556

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge London Feb 2006.jpg
Coordinates51°30′20″N 0°04′31″W / 51.5055°N 0.075406°W / 51.5055; -0.075406
Carries2 lanes of A100 Tower Bridge Road, cyclists, and pedestrians
CrossesRiver Thames
LocaleLondon boroughs:
– north side: Tower Hamlets
– south side: Southwark
Maintained byBridge House Estates
Heritage statusGrade I listed structure
Preceded byLondon Bridge
Followed byQueen Elizabeth II Bridge
DesignBascule bridge / Suspension Bridge
Total length801 ft (244 m)
Height213 ft (65 m)
Longest span270 ft (82.3 m)
Clearance below28 ft (8.6 m) (closed)
139 ft (42.5 m) (open)
(mean high water spring tide)
Opened30 June 1894; 126 years ago (1894-06-30)

Tower Bridge is in London: it crosses the River Thames near the Tower of London. It is a drawbridge, which allows ships through the bridge deck when the deck is raised in the centre at an angle.

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.[1] 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.

In June 2012, the bridge was highlighted on the route of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Thames.[2]

Gallery[change | change source]

Tower Bridge,London Getting Opened[change | change source]

Tower Bridge Photo[change | change source]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Tower Bridge Exhibition". Retrieved 25 November 2010.
  2. Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, Key facts Archived 2012-06-05 at the Wayback Machine;, "Thames Jubilee Pageant,"; retrieved 4 June 2012.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Tower Bridge at Wikimedia Commons