London Bridge

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London Bridge

Postby fosney » Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:39 pm

London Bridge
Since Roman times there has been a river crossing at London Bridge - a sole thread across the Thames until 1729 when Putney Bridge was opened and a further bridge at Westminster in 1750.
The original crossing point was where the Roman Roads of Shane Street and Watling Street converged at Borough High Street, this made the area an important terminus point for the stage coaches entering London and with this came the expansion of the Inn Trade in the Borough as the coaches did not want to cross the Thames to avoid the tolls that had to be paid, the bridge gates were closed at dusk.
The old bridge in one form or another lasted some 600 years but in the 1700s it was decided to pull down the structures on the bridge due to congestion and at the same time traffic going north would keep to the west side of the bridge while those going south would keep to the east - it is said that this is the reason we drive on the left and in 1782 the charge for crossing the bridge was stopped but congestion got worse and it was decided a new bridge was needed.
The first modern bridge was opened in 1831 and lasted till 1973 when it was sold to the US (who thought they had purchased Tower Bridge) the London Brdge we know today replaced the 1831 bridge.
In the 1880/1900 picture of the Bridge we can see the original Adelaide House on the far side, named after the Queen of the time - it was at one time an hotel.
The Adelaide House as we know it was constructed in 1924 in Art Deco style - at this time it was the highest building along the riverside. Now a Listed Building it was the first building to have air conditioning and is arguably the first modern office building in London.
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Re: London Bridge

Postby fosney » Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:07 am

Posted by deegs


Some more images of London Bridge. Be great if you could find the same views today: -

1. 1950 - No19 Railway Approach

2. London Bridge towards the south

3. 1920’s – an aerial view of the Pool of London

4. I’m not sure if this aerial photo from 1920 has been on before, but it really shows the pre-war density of wharves.

5. An aerial view of the station and railway lines and surrounding area

6. An aerial image of Southwark Cathedral
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An aerial view of the station and railway lines and surrounding area

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Aerial image of Southwark Cathedral


Cheers, Deegs

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Re: London Bridge

Postby fosney » Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:10 pm

London Bridge Railway Approach

Finding it very difficult to get up-to-date picture of London Bridge Approach - has anyone got an up-to-date picture? I have found an older picture to go with deegs 1950 picture. This one shows the MacFisheries shop in the London Bridge approach about 1920s, which can be seen behind the bus in the original picture. Note the prices - not only did they sell fish but other produce - including Poultry Rabbits and Fruit and Veg - one could do a variety shopping on the way home in those days.
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Re: London Bridge

Postby kiwi » Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:32 am

After all those years the shop on the corner (Oddbins) is a Liqueur store,same as the shop all those years ago.
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Horse Bus near Duke St,London Bridge.
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Findlaters Corner,London Bridge,2015

1856 as headquarters of Findlater, Mackie, Todd & Co. Ltd, Wine & Spirit Merchants.
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Re: London Bridge

Postby kiwi » Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:00 am

RAILWAY APPROACH, 2.jpg
The station approach before the 1978 rebuilding
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RAILWAY APPROACH. I worked along here on the left in Thompsons Sport shop 1958.
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LONDON BRIDGE. There's your Mac Fisheries.

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Re: LONDON BRIDGE.

Postby kiwi » Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:49 pm

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Duke Street Hill,London Bridge. Findlaters Corner on left
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London Bridge Street to Borough High Street 1960

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Re: London Bridge

Postby kiwi » Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:24 am

I think these are the stairs coming from Joiner Street.?
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Stairs to London Bridge Station, 1960-1972.

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London Bridge approach

Postby fosney » Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:58 am

London Bridge Approach

Yesterday and Today, on London Bridge Approach I would add to the story of this area with Yesterday Today and Tomorrow with a glimpse into what the fiuture holds for London Bridge Approach, with an artist impression of what we can expect to see in the future.

Picture from 1936 at London Bridge Approach
Picture from 1955 at London Bridge Approach
Today's picture of the terminal
And what we can expect in the future.
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1936 at London Bridge Approach

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1955 at London Bridge Approach
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Today's picture of the terminal
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And what we can expect in the future.

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Re: London Bridge approach

Postby fosney » Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:41 pm

London Bridge Underground Station

A series of pictures of the original London Bridge Underground Station. Does anyone remember using it The original entrance to the station was on the corner of Railway Approach and Denham Street. I cannot recall the building but has anyone any memories of it.
Picture 1 1925 2 1929 3 1964 4 Map of area 5 Building behind bus 6 New Undergound entrance

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London Bridge Underground Station 1925
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London Bridge Underground Station 1929
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London Bridge Underground Station 1964
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London Bridge Underground Station Map
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London Bridge Underground Station Building behind bus

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London Bridge Underground Station
New Undergound entrance

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Re: London Bridge

Postby kiwi » Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:56 am

First for me, I never knew that there were Turkish Baths here.
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Railway Approach, London Bridge, late 1800s.
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Railway Approach.


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