Invitation to the laying of the foundation stone of the new London Bridge, 1825.
4 0 c m
 
28cm
actual image size: 20cm x 32cm

Invitation to the laying of the foundation stone of the new London Bridge, 1825.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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Invitation with engraved illustration of the proposed bridge. Civil engineer John Rennie (1761-1821) was commisioned to build a new crosing next to the existing medieval London Bridge in 1801. After his death, his son John continued the project and building began in 1824. The new bridge was opened in 1831 by King William IV (1765-1837) and Queen Adelaide (1792-1849) during a river pageant. The demolition of the medieval bridge began the same year. This new London Bridge was dismantled and sold to Lake Havasu City, United States, in 1968, and was itself replaced by a concrete structure.
 

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10418321
 

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