Tower Bridge – A Victorian Era Masterpiece

The Tower Bridge is one of 33 Bridges over the River Thames. So what makes this bridge special? For starters this was the largest and most Sophisticated Bascule Bridge in the World when it opened in 1894. The Bascules which are operated by Hydraulics, initially used steam; later shifting to the use of oil and Electricity as technology Advanced.  

After receiving over 50 designs for the bridge, finally the design by Sir Horace Jones-The city Architect was finalised. This artistic design is greatly influenced by the Tower of London, giving the Tower Bridge a much older look in spite of it being a relatively modern Bridge. It is a multi-Purpose bridge used not only by vehicles and pedestrians to cross the river, but also for exhibitions and as an event space offering magnificent views. 

On an average, the bascules open at least once a day to let ships pass through but permission has to be taken 24 hours in advance.  A common misconception is that it is called the London Bridge, while in reality London Bridge is quite an ordinary bridge not far away. The Tower Bridge was initially Greenish Blue in Colour later changed to Brown, however in 1977 it was painted White, Red and blue to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. In 1952, Mr Albert Gunter was driving Double Decker bus number 78 over the bridge when it suddenly started closing. Mr Gunter was towards the end of the South bascule and he made a split second decision to accelerate, clearing the 3 foot gap to land onto the North bascule safely.

Today, this Majestic Bridge has become an iconic symbol of London and observing the intricacies of this beautiful bridge while strolling along the serene waters of the Thames is indeed a sight to behold. 

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