Which London bridge replaced an earlier 19th century toll bridge in 1937?
#84304. Asked by nibbles0011. (Aug 08 07 9:39 AM)
A fine stone bridge built in classical style by James Pain and Kenton Couse in 1777 and frequently the subject of paintings in the 18th and 19th centuries. It has 5 semi-circular river arches clad with Portland stone with the largest centre arch being 18.3m (60'0") wide and 5.3m (17'5") high. It replaced an earlier ferry and was a toll bridge until 1859. It is the oldest surviving bridge over the tidal Thames. Between 1937 and 1939 it was widened on the upstream side but the original stones were removed to be re-used on the face of the widened bridge.
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