At last!! I have found another great bridge building story. This time the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge…
This is an old movie, but so interesting. It was great to see the harbour with no bridge, and the trams at Circular Quay.
Great footage…….. 7 minutes. Please copy and paste.
This story is a favourite of mine, that’s why it’s posted here!!! I wonder if they created the computer images for the Sherlock Holmes movie, when Robert Downie fought the bad guy on the bridge as it was under construction?
Stripped down as you’ve never seen her:
Pictures of Tower Bridge during construction found dumped in a skip
By Daily Mail Reporter
This is one of the London’s most beloved landmarks as you’ve never seen her before.
Stripped down to her underwear, the never before seen pictures of Tower Bridge – one of the world’s most recognisable structures – have been unveiled after the stash of hundred-year-old prints were found in a skip.
Coinciding with the 125th anniversary of the bridge’s foundation, the 50 sepia photos reveal in incredible detail the ingenuity behind one of the capital’s most popular tourist destinations, which was the first bridge of its kind in the world.
Never seen before: The pictures of London’s Tower Bridge were found in a skip and then wrapped up in brown paper and put in a carrier bag under a bed
The unique pictures, dating back to 1892, document the construction the iconic bridge, which at the time was a landmark feat of engineering nicknamed ‘The Wonder Bridge’.
The discarded pictures, which were retrieved by a caretaker who was looking after a building being turned into flats in 2006, have spent the last five years in a carrier bag underneath his bed.
The 59-year-old, wh/div o wi shes to remain anonymous, said that after the occupants of the Westminster office building moved out, the album and a number of documents were thrown into a skip outside.He said: ‘I took the ledgers to the Tower Bridge Museum because I thought they might have some historical value.
Remarkable find: The prints reveal in incredible detail the ingenuity behind one of the capital’s most popular tourist attractions and how it was put together
A view of the bridge: The sturdy steel frame of Tower Bridge can be seen, before it was covered with its distinctive stone-cladding on the orders of architect John Wolfe-Barry
‘They included records of the materials and used in the bridge’s construction and what they cost.
‘I told the man at the museum that I had also found some photos but he told me they already had plenty of those.
‘I didn’t know what to do with them so I wrapped them in some brown paper and put them in a bag under the bed.’ It wasn’t until earlier this month, when the owner of the photos mentioned them to his neighbour, City of Westminster tour guide Peter Berthoud that the significance of the find fully emerged.
Mr Berthoud, an expert in the history of London who gives guided tours around famous landmarks including Tower Bridge, said he was gobsmacked by the haul.
Stripped down: The photographs show how the bridge was put together over eight years, revealing why it was nicknamed at the time the ‘Wonder Bridge’
Landmark: Tower Bridge remains one of the capital’s most iconic structures and a tourist attraction today, 125 years after building started
Sepia to silver screen: The incomplete Tower Bridge features in the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, where Holmes battles with his adversary Lord Henry Blackwood
And contrary to popular misconception, the images reveal the bridge is a sturdy steel frame beneath the instantly recognisable stone-cladding.
Mr Berthoud said: ‘When my neighbour gave me a disk with the images on I just couldn’t believe it.
‘I spent hours going through my books to see if these pictures were already around, but I couldn’t see them anywhere – they are totally unique.
‘Quite simply London Bridge is the world’s most iconic bridge, and it’s the only bridge over the Thames which has never needed to be replaced at some point.
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