Photographer's Note

Wooden Bridge
London Bridge is one of the more famous landmarks in London. It goes way back during the times of the Roman occupation of England during the first century. Take note of the lyrics.
On the second stanza that talks about a bridge that was made of wood and clay:
Build it up with wood and clay,
Wood and clay, wood and clay,
Build it up with wood and clay,
My fair Lady.
During the first century, they have made a bridge that was made of wood and clay amongst other materials. And just like the song said, many disasters had struck that wooden bridge. There were Viking invaders that destroyed the bridge which led to a fortified design - complete with a draw bridge. And so the song goes and the bridge is then made of stone.
Stone Bridge
The first stone bridge design was by Peter de Colechurch. Construction of the stone bridge began in 1176 and it took around 33 years to finish it. It featured 20 arches sixty feet high and thirty feet wide and was complete with gates and towers. But what made this bridge special is that it used the flow of the Thames River underneath make to the water wheels below the arches move, which in turn grounded grain. And in the 1300’s the bridge became a market of sorts - with over 140 shops in total.
It was fortunate that the London Bridge survived the great fire of 1666, but since then its foundations had weakened.
Modern Bridge
It was only in the 1820’s that the modern London Bridge came to completion – the version made of iron and steel (like in the sixth stanza of the nursery rhyme). And it was built on a different location - north of the old bridge. This new bridge opened in 1831 - the same year the old London Bridge was demolished.
The current structure was not the original iron and steel bridge. The last version of the bridge was made in the 1960’s – and the 1831 version was then transported piece by piece to Lake Havasu in Arizona, USA.
As for the next version in the song, we still have to see about that. For now, let’s enjoy the iron and steel version. Hopefully, you get to visit it before they change it again – this time to silver and gold!


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  • Copyright: Felipe Cadena (cadenafelipe) (8)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2003-12-08
  • Categories: Arquitectura
  • Versión de la foto: Versión original
  • Date Submitted: 2008-10-18 14:30
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