New Pictures Emerge Of Tower Bridge Under Construction

By M@ Last edited 82 months ago
New Pictures Emerge Of Tower Bridge Under Construction

A wonderful collection of photos showing Tower Bridge under construction has come to light. The sepia shots from the 1880s were, unbelievably, recovered from a skip outside the former offices of a bridge contractor many years ago. As luck would have it, their discoverer lives next door to London tour guide and blogger extraordinaire Peter Berthoud, who is now sharing scans of the photos on his web site (see here for the full set: post 1, post 2).

As far as we can tell, the shots have never been seen on the web before. They show a surprisingly metallic giant under construction. In one image, diminutive workers pose next to massive iron girders. In another (above), we can see a number of rail lines laid down on the bridge approach to transport materials to the building site. All fascinating stuff, and deserving of a mini-exhibition somewhere.

Peter will publish the remaining images from the set on Wednesday. In the meantime, be sure to explore his site, Discovering London, in more detail. The author has an unrivalled gift for finding the incredible with every stroll around London.

The image above is used with permission.

Last Updated 11 July 2011

Fiorella Casarino



Ive seen a set of these images today and Barcroft media seem to be claiming copyright!
The images are over 120 years old and therefore out of copyright
As the originating photographer is probably now dead and there seems to be no record of exactly who commisioned the work , can anyone lay claim to the images that will, in all likelihood, have been purchased and paid for by the bridges commissioners.