Southwark Bridge

Infobox Bridge


bridge_name = Southwark Bridge
caption = Southwark Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral
official_name =
locale = Southwark, London, England
carries = Motor vehicles
Pedestrians
crosses = River Thames
maint =
open = 1921
below =
traffic =
design =
toll =
mainspan = 240 ft
length = 800 ft
width = 55 ft

Southwark Bridge is an arch bridge for traffic linking Southwark and the City across the River Thames, in London, England. It was designed by Ernest George and Basil Mott. It was built by Sir William Arrol & Co. and opened in 1921. [ [http://thames.me.uk/s00070.htm Where Thames Smooth Waters Glide] ] The bridge is owned and maintained by City Bridge Trust, a charitable trust overseen by the City of London Corporation.

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 RA Architect"

History and facts

A previous bridge on the site, designed by John Rennie, opened in 1819, consisted of three large cast-iron spans supported by granite piers. It was known as the "Iron Bridge" in comparison to London Bridge the "Stone Bridge". The bridge was notable for having the longest cast iron span, convert|240|ft|m|0|lk=on, ever made. It is frequently referenced by Charles Dickens, for example in "Little Dorritt" and "Our Mutual Friend".

The bridge provides access to Upper Thames Street on the north bank and, due to the Ring of steel, there is no further access to the City and the north. This has led to a reputation of it being the least used bridge in central London and it is sometimes known as the "car park bridge" as coach drivers use it to park their vehicles.

The south end is near the Tate Modern, the Clink Prison Museum, the Globe Theatre, and the "Financial Times" building. The north end is near Cannon Street station. 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. Southwark Bridge was built into the steps.

The next bridge upstream is the London Millennium Bridge and the next downstream is Cannon Street Railway Bridge.

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