View of the City of London from the new Tower Bridge, 1894.
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Photograph by Rusell and Sons printed in the Illustrated London News in 1894. The image shows a panoramic view of the City of London, including St Paul's Cathedral, The Monument and part of the Tower of London, as well as ships on the River Thames in the foreground. Tower Bridge was opened in June 1894 by the Prince of Wales. It is an example of a bascule bridge, where the central section can be opened drawbridge-style to enable shipping to pas through.