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Playing Chicken

By Philip_H
Tower Bridge (built 1886-1894), London.

In the second half of the 19th century, increased commercial development in the East End of London led to a requirement for a new river crossing downstream of London Bridge. A traditional fixed bridge could not be built because it would cut off access by tall-masted ships to the port facilities in the Pool of London, between London Bridge and the Tower of London.

A Special Bridge or Subway Committee was formed in 1876, chaired by Sir Albert Joseph Altman, to find a solution to the river crossing problem. It opened the design of the crossing to public competition. Over 50 designs were submitted, including one from civil engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette. The evaluation of the designs was surrounded by controversy, and it was not until 1884 that a design submitted by Sir Horace Jones, the City Architect (who was also one of the judges!), was approved.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'All Mine!'.

Best wishes,

Tags: London Thames Bridge Architecture Tower bridge Suspension bridge Bascule bridge Sir horace jones

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Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
29 Jan 2013 5:52PM
I'm impressed you got it with very little traffic, Philip.


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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
29 Jan 2013 5:59PM
A fine image, Philip, wonderful perspective. Carol
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 6:08PM
"Did you pay someone to stop the traffic Phillip, or have you very carefully removed it in PS?"

A very impressive and superbly composed image of this famous London Landmark Phillip.

Regards Nathan
29 Jan 2013 6:30PM

Quote:"Did you pay someone to stop the traffic Phillip, or have you very carefully removed it in PS?"

Regards Nathan

Neither, Nathan. The image is as taken. I just struck very lucky with a momentary lull in the traffic. Had to be quick though - both in taking the photo and getting safely across! Smile

And thank you so much for your much appreciated UA GrinGrin

nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
29 Jan 2013 6:34PM
Nicely taken fine shot!
Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 6:55PM
Fantastic shot - great bravery too! Super pov on this beautiful bridge (they don't make them like that any more sadly).
Thanks for the info.
richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
29 Jan 2013 7:01PM
Nice and different perspective on this landmark!
29 Jan 2013 7:43PM
Nice image and excellent perspective
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 8:07PM
Very brave of you, and I am amazed at the symmetry you achieved with so very little time to compose your shot.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
29 Jan 2013 8:52PM
The details and pov in this are outstanding. Didn't think anywhere in London was ever quite as quiet as this, though I note it was just one moment in time!! So glad you lived to tell the tale, so to speak! Grin

HELANA 8 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 9:40PM
Very well composed shot Philip,Very rare you see not traffic along there.
alansnap 14 577 26 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 9:58AM
Fine shot and good explanation. It makes you wonder what the losing designs were like. It's hard to imagine anything more iconic of London, even if the judge voted for himself!
Tibetan 5 3 England
30 Jan 2013 3:43PM
Excellent shot of a bridge I know very well Philip, well done like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
30 Jan 2013 5:24PM
Great POV and lovely composition.
30 Jan 2013 5:33PM
A very impressive image
meniko 6 Cyprus
30 Jan 2013 7:47PM
I am also fascinated from the empty street Smile
great , unusual POV plus this well placed clouds
good job , PhilipWink

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