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Tower Bridge


Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge is a bridge over the River Thames that has become one of London's best known icons.

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule (moveable opening bridge) and suspension bridge. Construction of the bridge was completed in 1894. At the top, joining the two towers, are elevated high-level walkways which offer a spectacular view of the city.

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Tower Bridge Operations Manual: 1894 to date - Insights into the history, design, construction and operation of this London icon

By John M. Smith

Haynes Publishing UK
Released: 2019-05-28
Hardcover (192 pages)

Tower Bridge Operations Manual: 1894 to date - Insights into the history, design, construction and operation of this London icon
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Tower Bridge is one of London’s most recognizable landmarks. Visited by some 830,000 sightseers every year, it is famous the world over as an icon of England’s capital city. In 2019 the bridge celebrates its 125th anniversary. John M. Smith describes its genesis and construction, the larger-than-life characters that drove the project forward, and the novel technologies employed in the bridge’s design and operation. Supported with a wealth of fascinating original drawings, historic and contemporary photographs, the Haynes Tower Bridge London Manual takes readers the behind the scenes to reveal the innermost workings of this major London landmark.

Tower Bridge: A Souvenir Guide

By Tower Bridge

Scala Arts Publishers Inc.
Paperback (48 pages)

Tower Bridge: A Souvenir Guide
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Arguably the most famous bridge in the world, Tower Bridge was built in the late nineteenth century and immediately acclaimed as a feat of Victorian engineering. Designed to ease road traffic while maintaining river access, it was constructed with giant moveable roadways that lift up for passing ships. It quickly became known as the 'Wonder Bridge'.

Celebrating this truly iconic London structure, a focal point of the city and the River Thames, this book tells the story of the bridge and its design with a range of stunning historical and contemporary photos. The bridge's history is brought to life with an array of fascinating facts (around 40,000 people cross the bridge every day) and colorful anecdotes (in 1952 the driver of a double decker bus managed to jump the 3-foot gap when the bridge began to open up as he was halfway over).

With a contemporary design and striking cover, this will be the perfect introduction to one of London's most impressive sights.

Tower Bridge: The History and Legacy of London?s Most Iconic Bridge

By Charles River Editors

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (48 pages)

Tower Bridge: The History and Legacy of London?s Most Iconic Bridge
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*Includes contemporary accounts of its design, construction, and history

*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading

“London Bridge is falling down, Falling down, falling down London Bridge is falling down, My fair lady.”

For most people, this playful child’s rhyme conjures up visions of the tall, majestic, two-towered bridge spanning the River Thames near the Tower of London, with its high footpath providing one of the best views available of the city. The only problem is, this vision is wrong, for the London Bridge of modern times is neither tall nor majestic. Indeed, it is not at all memorable for any reason except for its ability to get the city’s commuters back and forth to work each day.

In fact, the tall bridge that symbolizes not just the city but the nation is Tower Bridge, and while it is among the oldest major bridges in London, it is hardly the first to have been built on the Thames, or even on that spot. In actuality, the first men to build a bridge on that spot probably spoke Latin as their first language.

As time passed, technology changed, and with it, the nature of bridge building. Wood gave way to stone, which in turn gave way to iron and steel. At the same, London grew on both land and water, with more people living in and near the city, and more people plying the river in bigger and bigger ships. The people on land needed to get across the river, and the people on the river needed to be able to move along without too much interference. It was obvious that the city needed a new bridge, but years passed before the right design for one came along.

When it finally did, there were still other, non-practical concerns, specifically that the bridge fit in with its surrounding historical environment. In particular, this meant that Londoners wanted to ensure that the bridge’s look fit in with the nearby Tower of London. Thus was born a bridge conceived within the marriage of need and desire, strength and beauty. Tower Bridge is unlikely to fall down, or even be torn down, anytime soon, but it is still worthy of singing about.

Tower Bridge: The History and Legacy of London’s Most Iconic Bridge examines the long and storied history of one of England’s most famous landmarks. Along with pictures depicting important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Tower Bridge like never before.

The Tower Bridge Cat

By Tee Dobinson

BAIZDON
Released: 2019-01-06
Kindle Edition (18 pages)

The Tower Bridge Cat
 
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Winner of CHILDREN'S PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR 2019* A great adventure set in LONDON. It is the Queen's birthday and all the crowds are gathering at Tower Bridge. All of a sudden Bella the Tower Bridge Cat notices something is WRONG – a bus is coming over the opening Bridge! Can she save the day? Follow Bella's exploits in this exciting book inspired by the true story of a London bus jumping over the Bridge in 1952.

“The Tower Bridge Cat - Celebrate the launch of a children’s classic in the
making” - The Londonist

“Beautiful illustrations and a great ‘tail’. I love this book! Visually very
appealing, a true story with a twist - fabulous and so totally impossible
to resist.” - Judge for the Association for Cultural Enterprises

“I love Bella the cat, she is very clever, she always tries to help. But she
couldn’t find the mouse like I did. I loved the jumping bus.” - Stefania age 4

This e-book features POP-UP TEXT: Double-tap on text to open a text pop-up. The pop-up text displays in a large font size for easy reading. This is especially convenient on small devices.

*The Tower Bridge Cat won 'Best Children's Publication' at the Ace Product Awards 2019

Tower Bridge (Pocket Photo Books)

By Harry Cory Wright

Thames and Hudson Ltd
Released: 2019-03-21
Mass Market Paperback (176 pages)

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Tower Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in the world. Designed by Sir Horace Jones (1819–1887) and engineer Sir John Wolfe Barry (1836–1918) over a period of eight years, it was the largest and most advanced bascule bridge ever completed when it opened in 1894, requiring 11,000 tons of steel and involving more than 400 construction workers. This impressive feat of engineering helped sustain the growing commercial activity at the docks and warehouses in East London, and the sudden influx of daily commuters brought in from the newly built London Bridge station. Still in full use today, the bridge is lifted an average of 850 times a year.

This Victorian masterpiece remains a highly important crossing on the River Thames, as well as being one of London’s defining landmarks. This compelling album of photographs by Harry Cory Wright allows us to experience the awe-inspiring structure of Tower Bridge in exquisite detail, from the intricate machinery and original mechanisms inside the control rooms and secret corridors, to the great cavernous space within the bascule chamber. It includes an interview with Senior Technical Officer Glen Ellis, who shares his own daily experience of lifting the bridge, evoking an incredibly vivid sense of ‘being there’.

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Introduction • Interview with Glen Ellis • The Photographs


 
 
 

 
 
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