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Southwark Bridge, London

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Southwark Bridge is an arch bridge in London, England, for traffic linking the district of Southwark and the City across the River Thames. It has the lowest traffic utilisation of any bridge in central London.HistoryA previous bridge, designed by John Rennie, opened on the site in 1819 and was originally known as Queen Street Bridge, as shown on the 1818 John Snow Map of London. The bridge consisted of three large cast-iron spans supported by granite piers. The bridge was notable for having the longest cast iron span, 240ft, ever made. It was a commercial tolled operation which was trying to compete with the toll free Blackfriars and London bridges nearby, but the company became bankrupt and its interest were acquired by the Bridge House Estates which then made it toll free in 1864.A new bridge on the site was designed by Ernest George and Basil Mott. It was built by Sir William Arrol & Co. and opened on 6 June 1921.Halfway along the bridge on the Western side is a plaque which is inscribed:Re-built by the Bridge House Estates Committee of the Corporation of London 1913-1921 Opened for traffic by their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary 6th June 1921 Sir Ernest Lamb CMG, JP Chairman Basil Mott, CB Engineer Sir Ernest George RA Architect
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  • One of the many bridges over the River Thames in Central London. Southwark Bridge is an arched bridge that spans the river with the City of London on the north bank and Southwark on the south bank. It...  more »
  • The bridge is more than 100 years old. Works adequately. Links the banks of the Thames, and actually what else is needed.View from the bridge is not the most outstanding, but it is London! Was here by accident....
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  • Yeah gets you from one side of the water to the other which is pretty neat, cos we all know nobody wants to get wet on the way to or from work.
  • Pretty ordinary bridge when compared to its more renowned counterparts upstream
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