London, Tower Bridge Under Construction 1890

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Caption for London, Tower Bridge Under Construction 1890: This murky view looks west from the Pool of London towards what was to become one of the mechanical wonders of the late 19th century. Here we see the towers - 'steel skeletons clothed in stone' as described by Sir John Wolfe Barry, the architect - not yet stone clad, and the upper walkway taking shape.

An extract from Down the Thames Photographic Memories.

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I remember coming across Temple Bar in a field in Enfield/Cheshunt whilst out for a walk as a child in the 1960s. It seemed such a strange place for it to end up. There were no explanatory signs to say what it was and why it was there. There was tall grass all around it and possibly some sort of fence; so it was impossible (...Read full memory)

Relatives of mine met and fell in love at a hotel which used to stand where the Unilever Building now stands. It was a love match which lasted for many years and in relatives who were around in my youth after the Second World War. They were a maid and pastrycook at the hotel. I would love to (...Read full memory)

The "Bank" has occupied this site since the late seventeenth century. Although you cannot see from either this view or indeed from the street, there is an exquisite garden and lawn in the centre! The Bank underwent an extensive building programme between the time of this photograph and the second world war. There are now (...Read full memory)

London's main railway stations truly are wonderful and Charing Cross was the one that I frequented the most as I travelled every weekday from Woolwich Arsenal in SE London to Green Park Underground, near the great Victoria Station. The sounds of the whistles, doors slamming, the hum of the electric trains...the (...Read full memory)

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Caption for London, Tower Bridge Under Construction 1890: This murky view looks west from the Pool of London towards what was to become one of the mechanical wonders of the late 19th century. Here we see the towers - 'steel skeletons clothed in stone' as described by Sir John Wolfe Barry, the architect - not yet stone clad, and the upper walkway taking shape.

An extract from Down the Thames Photographic Memories.

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