20 July, 2006

Hammersmith Bridge, London

I took this picture earlier this week crossing Hammersmith Bridge over the River Thames in London. The current Bridge was opened in 1877 using the concrete bases from the original bridge which was opened in 1827. It cost £82,117 to build. In 1870 over 11,000 people crowded on to the bridge to watch the university boat race between Oxford & Cambridge which alarmed the government who then commisioned the present bridge. It was damaged by a terrorist bomb in 2000 and was seriously weakened and consequently now has a weight restriction but the red double-decker buses can still use it. When it is lit up at night it is beautiful to see. If you would like to learn more click here.

3 Comments:

Blogger eau said...

Yes, I read blogs backwards too! Usually start from the top and then scroll down. Beautiful grandsons you have! And thanks for the comment.. it was a nice surprise. Glad you like the photos.. I'll try take more :)

Sunday, July 23, 2006  
Blogger jim said...

great scenery in the older countries, that is what I enjoyed so much in Europe, it is so human and so real.

Monday, July 24, 2006  
Blogger Rob said...

I have driven over it many times.
I used to live on Shepherds Bush Road.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006  

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