Coordinates : 51°30′32″N 0°05′40″W / 51.50889°N 0.09444°W / 51.50889; -0.09444
CARRIES A300 road
HERITAGE STATUS Grade II listed structure
PRECEDED BY Millennium 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
* 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
A new bridge on the site was designed by
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
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.
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
The south end is near the
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.
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
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