Essential Architecture-  London

Southwark Bridge


Basil Mott, CB Engineer, Sir Ernest George RA Architect


over the Thames, London (linking Southwark and the City).






cast iron


  Southwark Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral
  Southwark Bridge seen from the South Bank of the Thames. Tower 42 and the Swiss Re Tower can be visible above the bridge.
  A view of the plaque on the West side of the Bridge. Enscribed, Re-built by the Bridge House Estates Committee of the Corporation of London 1913-1921 Opened for traffic by their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary 6th June 1921 Sir Ernest Lamb CMG, JP Chairman Basil Mott, CB Engineer Sir Ernest George RA Architect.
  Painting- Image copyright Doug Myers.
  The previous bridge.
  Southwark Bridge, 1820
  Southwark Bridge from Bankside in 1827 from Westall and Owen's Picturesque Tour of the Thames
W. Wallis. Published July 28, 1827 by Jones & Co. 3, Acton Place, Kingsland Road, London.
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  Southwark Iron Bridge from Cooke's Views in London and its Vicinity
Drawn by S. Prout, 1828. Engraved by George Cooke, 1828. London, Published by Longman & Co., J. and A. Arch & G. Cooke, Hackney
  Southwark Bridge, 1841
  Southwark Bridge, Ashley Bryant
Southwark Bridge is an arch bridge for traffic linking Southwark and the City across the River Thames, in London, England. It was designed by Ernest George and Basil Mott and opened in 1921. The bridge is owned and maintained by Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust overseen by the Corporation of London.

History and facts
A previous bridge on the site, designed by John Rennie, opened in 1819. This was known as the "Iron Bridge" in comparison to London Bridge the "Stone Bridge". It is frequently referenced by Charles Dickens, for example in Little Dorritt and Our Mutual Friend.
The bridge is sometimes nicknamed the "car park bridge" as coach drivers use it to park their vehicles.
Below the bridge on the South side are some old steps, which were once used by Thames watermen as a place to moor their boats and wait for customers. Southwark Bridge was built into the steps.

The next bridge upstream is the London Millennium Bridge and the next downstream is Cannon Street Railway Bridge. The South end is near the Tate Modern, the Clink Prison Museum and the Financial Times building. The north end is near Cannon Street station.


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