'The New London Bridge', 1 August 1831.
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Coloured print showing New London Bridge 'as it appeared on Monday August 1st 1831 at the Ceremony of opening by their Majesties'. Civil engineer John Rennie (1761-1821) was asigned the task of building a new London Bridge in 1801. His design was for a bridge of five stone arches a little upriver from the old bridge. Following his death in 1821, his son John continued with the project and building of the new bridge began in 1824. The new bridge was opened by King William IV (1765-1837) and Queen Adelaide (1792-1849) during a river pageant on 1 August 1831. English aeronaut Charles Green's (1785-1870) balloon, probably launched in connection with the opening ceremony, can be seen floating overhead.