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

Southwark
Southwark
Bridge

Southwark
Southwark
Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral

Coordinates 51°30′32″N 0°05′40″W / 51.508888888889°N 0.094444444444444°W / 51.508888888889; -0.094444444444444Coordinates: 51°30′32″N 0°05′40″W / 51.508888888889°N 0.094444444444444°W / 51.508888888889; -0.094444444444444

Carries A300 road

Crosses River Thames

Locale Southwark, London, England

Maintained by Bridge House Estates, City of London
London
Corporation

Heritage status Grade II listed structure

Preceded by Millennium Bridge

Followed by Cannon Street Railway Bridge

Characteristics

Total length 800 feet (243.8 m)

Width 55 feet (16.8 m)

Longest span 240 feet (73.2 m)

History

Opened 6 June 1921

Southwark
Southwark
(Br [ˈsʌðɨk])[1] Bridge is an arch bridge in London, England, for traffic linking the district of Southwark
Southwark
and the City across the River Thames. It has the lowest traffic utilisation of any bridge in central London.

Contents

1 History 2 Nearby 3 Popular culture 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] 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. The iron spans were cast in Masborough, Rotherham.[2] It was a commercial tolled operation which was trying to compete with the toll free Blackfriars and London
London
bridges nearby, but the company became bankrupt and its interest were acquired by the Bridge House Estates
Bridge House Estates
which then made it toll free in 1864.[3] A new bridge on the site was designed by Ernest George
Ernest George
and Basil Mott. It was built by Sir William Arrol & Co. and opened on 6 June 1921.[4]

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
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.[5] Nearby[edit]

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

Southwark
Southwark
Bridge at night

At the north-west side is Vintners’ Court, a 1990s office block which has a classical façade of columns and pediment; this was developed on the site owned by the Worshipful Company of Vintners whose Hall is behind it on Upper Thames Street.[6] The south end is near the Tate Modern, the Clink Prison Museum, the Globe Theatre, and the Financial Times
Financial Times
and Ofcom
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.[7] 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.[8] Cycle Superhighway 7 runs along the bridge. Popular culture[edit]

Southwark
Southwark
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" by Charles Dickens, and several times in his "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.

See also[edit]

List of crossings of the River Thames List of bridges in London

References[edit]

^ "Southwark", in The Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer of the World (1952), New York: Columbia University Press. ^ Sharpe, John (1855). Sharpe's road-book for the rail, eastern (western) division. London: David Bogue. p. 23.  ^ 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. "Details from image database (435467)". Images of England. Retrieved 27 November 2008.  ^ "Annual Report 2012" (PDF). Vintners Company. p. 35. Retrieved 15 December 2013.  ^ " Southwark
Southwark
Bridge". Retrieved 15 December 2013.  ^ "City Insights page on Kindersley's frieze". Archived from the original on 28 June 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 

External links[edit]

Southwark
Southwark
Bridge (1819) at Structurae Southwark
Southwark
Bridge (1921) at Structurae

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Southwark
Southwark
Bridge.

Crossings of the River Thames

West: London
London
Millennium Footbridge Southwark
Southwark
Bridge East: Cannon Street Railway Bridge

v t e

Bridges of Central London
London
(west to east)

Vauxhall Lambeth Westminster Hungerford and Golden Jubilee Waterloo Garden (cancelled) Blackfriars Blackfriars Railway Millennium Southwark Cannon Street Railway London Tower

Crossings of the River Thames Bridges in the United Kingdom

v t e

London
London
Borough of Southwark

Districts

Bankside Bermondsey Borough/Southwark Camberwell Crystal Palace Denmark Hill Dulwich Dulwich
Dulwich
Village East Dulwich Elephant and Castle Herne Hill Honor Oak Newington Nunhead Peckham Peckham
Peckham
Rye Rotherhithe South Bank South Bermondsey Surrey Quays Sydenham Hill Upper Norwood Walworth West Dulwich

Attractions

Bankside
Bankside
Gallery Bramah Tea and Coffee Museum Brunel Museum City Hall The Clink Cuming Museum Dulwich
Dulwich
Picture Gallery Fire Brigade Museum Globe Theatre Greenwood Theatre Hay's Galleria Herne Hill
Herne Hill
Stadium House of Dreams Museum HMS Belfast Imperial War Museum Livesey Museum for Children London
London
Dungeon Mandela Way T-34 Tank Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret The Old Vic OXO Tower Pumphouse Educational Museum Purdy Hicks Gallery Rose Theatre Sam Wanamaker Playhouse The Shard South Bank South London
London
Gallery Southwark
Southwark
Cathedral Tate Modern Unicorn Theatre Winchester Palace

Markets

Borough East Street

Bridges and tunnels

Blackfriars Bridge Blackfriars Railway Bridge Cannon Street Railway Bridge London
London
Bridge Millennium Bridge Rotherhithe
Rotherhithe
Tunnel Southwark
Southwark
Bridge Tower Bridge Waterloo Bridge

Parks and open spaces

Belair Park Bermondsey
Bermondsey
Spa Gardens Brimmington Park Burgess Park Dickens Square Park Dulwich
Dulwich
Park Faraday Gardens Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park Little Dorrit
Little Dorrit
Park Newington Gardens Southwark
Southwark
Park Tabard Park

Constituencies

Camberwell
Camberwell
and Peckham North Southwark
Southwark
and Bermondsey Dulwich
Dulwich
and West Norwood

Tube and rail stations

Bermondsey Borough Canada Water Denmark Hill Elephant and Castle Kennington London
London
Bridge Nunhead Queens Road Peckham Peckham
Peckham
Rye Rotherhithe South Bermondsey Southwark Surrey Quays Sydenham Hill West Dulwich

Other topics

Council Grade I and II* listed buildings People

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