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'The Old and New London Bridges', 27 August 1830.

Cooke, Edward William

'The Old and New London Bridges', 27 August 1830.
3 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm


Etching drawn and etched by Edward William Cooke, showing the progres of the works to build the new London Bridge, looking south acros the Thames from the City end of the 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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