London's Tower Bridge: incredible photos of its construction

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Hands up if you thought that Tower Bridge got its name because it has, well, two big towers at either end. Wrong. 
 
It actually gets its name from its location by the Tower Of London, where in the 1870s, the Corporation Of London decided another Thames crossing should be built.
 
Designed by the City’s official architect Sir Horace Jones in 1884, work began on the bridge in 1887. Built to accommodate high-masted ships moving up and down the Thames, the structure boasted two suspension bridge spans going from the banks to two towers in the middle. 
 
When a ship wanted to pass through, the two parts could be raised at an angle of 86 degrees – something achieved in under a minute thanks to the powerful hydraulic lifting systems employed.
 
In terms of its looks, the bridge got its distinctive facade when George D Stevenson took over the project after Jones died in 1886, cladding the steel frame in ornately designed gothic brickwork and limestone. He felt that it this would complement the Tower Of London better. 
 
The bridge was opened in June 1894, and is still in use today. One part that became redundant were the walkways at the top of the structure, designed for pedestrians to use when the bridge was raised. Sadly, they were rarely used by those on foot, and closed in 1910. 
 
Today, Tower Bridge is still in use, and looks as magnificent as ever. Just don’t get caught in the middle when a ship comes in.







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