The Darker Side of Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is often mistaken for London Bridge. The popular urban legend of Mr. McCulloch who purchased London Bridge and sent it to Arizona mistaking it for Tower Bridge has been debunked. I guess people will believe whatever they want to believe and I'll leave it at that.

 London Bridge

London Bridge

The architecture is amazing. In October 1884, Horace Jones, the City Architect, in collaboration with John Wolfe Barry, offered the chosen design for Tower Bridge. It took 8 years and 5 major contractors to complete the new bridge with a total of 432 construction workers working on the project. That's a 132 years of footfall, river vessels, carriages and cars.

Were you aware of Dead Man's Hole?

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Neither was I. At one time a mortuary was housed beneath the North Tower of the bridge. It's no longer used but the door to the mortuary along with the hook that was used to pull in floating bodies and debris still exists, however, the area is not accessible to the public. I'm thinking that's a good thing.

From the South Tower you can visit the Engine Room containing the original steam engines that are no longer in use. A brilliant piece of engineering. The tools on display that would have been used at the time would have been a feat to lift let alone wield!