On this day: New London Bridge Opened

John Rennie’s 19th-century London Bridge. Albumen print 8 1.2 × 11 1.4 in. (21.59 × 28.575 cm). Transfer from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning.

New London Bridge sometime between 1870 and 1890

London Bridge has been rebuilt a number of times, and on the 1st of August, 1831, “New” London Bridge was opened, replacing the more than six-hundred year old structure that had stood before it.

The Demolition of Old London Bridge, 1832, Guildhall Gallery, London.

The Demolition of Old London Bridge

King William IV and Queen Adelaide attended a banquet in a pavilion erected on the bridge to celebrate the opening.

London Bridge and Tower Bridge

Present day London Bridge and Tower Bridge

The present-day London Bridge is from the early 1970s, and is not to be mistaken (a common confusion with tourists) with the more attractive and photographed Tower Bridge, the next one east on the River Thames.

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