London Tower Bridge

London Tower Bridge

Plans for the Tower Bridge were devised around 1876 when the east of London became extremely crowded and a bridge across the Thames in that area of the city seemed a necessity. It would take another eight years - and lots of discussions about the design - before construction of the bridge started.

50 Designs

It took 50 designs before the bridge was built. The bridge is located on London,England over the Thames River. The bridge is blue and made with bricks. The brick buildings look like two small castles. Horace Jones,John Wolfe Barry,and George Stevenson won the best ideas of the bridge after 50 other were thought of. It was officially built in 1894. It was originally the only crossing over Thames River,but as population in London grew,more bridges were needed.

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Thoughts on the Tower Bridge

Today people think the bridge is inspiring,but back then it was heavily criticized. People of London in 1902 didn't like or want to accept the bridge. Now today people think the building is a beautiful structure and is visited everyday. Back then,the bridge was a huge challenge with society. But now people love how easy it is to travel over Thames river even though the traffic is terrible,the sight is beautiful.
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History

The Tower Bridge had many history. It spans the Thames River,connecting the London boroughs and Southwark. More than 400 workers helped to build the bridge and over 7,000 tons of concrete was sunk to the bed of Thames River. Over 4,000 people use the Tower Bridge everyday. The pedestrian walkways are over 40 meters long. The Tower Bridge is 244 meters long and each tower is 65 meters high. It took eight years to build.
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Tours

Taking photographs of the Tower bridge is a favorite London tourist activity, but you can also go inside the bridge, where you'll have a magnificent view over London from the walkway between the two bridge towers. In 2014 glass floors were installed in the walkways, giving visitors another, unusual view from the bridge. The 11 meter (36 ft) long glass floors, more than 40 meters above the river, allow you to observe the traffic over the Tower Bridge from above. It is particularly fascinating to see the bridge open and close below your feet.
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