The Info List - Southwark Bridge

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Coordinates : 51°30′32″N 0°05′40″W / 51.50889°N 0.09444°W / 51.50889; -0.09444


Bridge and St Paul\'s Cathedral

CARRIES A300 road

CROSSES River Thames
River Thames

LOCALE Southwark
, London
, England

MAINTAINED BY Bridge House Estates , City of London

HERITAGE STATUS Grade II listed structure

PRECEDED BY Millennium Bridge

FOLLOWED BY Cannon Street Railway Bridge
Cannon Street Railway Bridge


TOTAL LENGTH 800 feet (243.8 m)

WIDTH 55 feet (16.8 m)

LONGEST SPAN 240 feet (73.2 m)


OPENED 6 June 1921

SOUTHWARK (Br ) BRIDGE is an arch bridge in London
, England
, for traffic linking the district of Southwark
and the City across the River Thames
River Thames
. It has the lowest traffic utilisation of any bridge in central London.


* 1 History * 2 Nearby * 3 Popular culture * 4 References * 5 External links


A 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, 240 feet (73 m), 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
Ernest George
and Basil Mott . It was built by Sir William Arrol "> The plaque on the west side of the bridge.

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
Ernest George
RA Architect

The bridge provides access to Upper Thames Street on the north bank and, due to the ring of steel , there is no further road access to the City and the north. The bridge is owned and maintained by Bridge House Estates , a charitable trust overseen by the City of London Corporation . The current bridge was given Grade II listed structure status in 1995.


Bridge seen from the south bank of the Thames . Tower 42 and 30 St Mary Axe
30 St Mary Axe
can be seen above the bridge Southwark Bridge at night

At the north-west side is Vintners Court, a 1990s office block which has a classical facade of columns and pediment; this was developed on the site owned by the Worshipful Company of Vintners
Worshipful Company of Vintners
whose Hall is behind it on Upper Thames Street.

The south end is near the Tate Modern
Tate Modern
, the Clink Prison Museum , the Globe Theatre
Globe Theatre
, and the Financial Times
Financial Times
and Ofcom
buildings. Below the bridge on the south side are some old steps, which were once used by Thames watermen as a place to moor their boats and wait for customers.

Below the bridge on the south side is a pedestrian tunnel, part of the Queen's Walk Embankment, containing a frieze depicting the Thames frost fairs .

Cycle Superhighway 7 runs along the bridge.


Bridge appears in many films, including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).

The cream painted houses on the south side of the bridge, Anchor Terrace, just after the FT building, were used for the exterior shots of the shared house in This Life .

The 1819-1920 "Iron Bridge" is mentioned in the first sentence of " Our Mutual Friend
Our Mutual Friend
" by Charles Dickens, and several times in his " Little Dorrit
Little Dorrit
", where in Chapter 18 he identifies the toll as being one penny.

In the 1964 Disney film Mary Poppins , the Banks family mistakenly think that George W. Banks has committed suicide by jumping off the bridge after he is fired from his job at the bank.


* ^ "Southwark", in The Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer of the World (1952), New York: Columbia University Press. * ^ Sir Howard Roberts and Walter H. Godfrey, eds. (1950). "Survey of London: volume 22: Bankside". pp. 88–90. Retrieved 5 September 2013. CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link ) * ^ Where Thames Smooth Waters Glide * ^ Historic England
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