Speaker at the Over 60's meeting last week told us all about the history of
London Bridge. He had been an engineer and draughtsman before retirement
and had become fascinated by the construction of the Bridge and had
done the most incredible drawings of how the bridge looked when it was
covered with houses and even a church.
The first bridge there was built by the Romans as it was the only place with some solid ground on each side, as most of the Thames flows through mud.
He told us no drawings or paintings of the medieval bridge are to be found in this country so almost everything that is known comes from historical written records and drawings done by Dutch Architects who came here to see it. There is even a London Bridge Museum in The Netherlands.
He suggested we go online and have a look at this below which is a model of the bridge that can be seen in St Magnus the Martyr Church on the North Bank of the bridge. Or even better- go and look at it for real.
|Photo From the London Walking Tours Website|
The 'London Bridge is Falling Down' nursery rhyme comes from the time when the bridge was given away to the wife of a king (Henry 3rd??) who took all the income from the shops and businesses on the bridge and spent nothing on repairs.
Photo of newest London Bridge in the 1920s blended into one now, from internet
It was a fascinating talk and made me want to borrow a book he suggested by Patricia Pierce.
There is much more on WIKI