In Pictures: The Construction Of Tower Bridge

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In Pictures: The Construction Of Tower Bridge

What do you get when you cross eight years, five major contractors, 432 construction workers, 11,000 tons of steel and a shedload of Cornish granite and Portland stone? Tower Bridge of course — designed by City architect Sir Horace Jones, who later went on to do Leadenhall and Billingsgate markets. Opened in 1894, we can't quite believe the work that went into getting this London icon off the ground.

View of Tower Bridge as building continues with river traffic in the foreground in 1893
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Tower Bridge construction, 1892
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The construction of Tower Bridge, 1889
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Adding the finishing touches
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Tower Bridge, 1894
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The first pier starts to take shape over the River Thames in 1886
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Sorting the roofs
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Tower Bridge, 1892
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1893
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Tower Bridge under construction, 1893
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Three years into the project
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Construction of Tower Bridge, 1892
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Construction of Tower Bridge, c.1886
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