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More Unseen Images of Tower Bridge Under Construction

11-July-2011
11-July-2011 0:00
in Tower Bridge
by Peter Berthoud

These rare photos of Tower Bridge under construction are part of a set of 20 that were saved from a skip in central London many years ago.

At the offices of one of the original contractors, management had decided to have a "clear-out" and a great many boxes of old paperwork from throughout the firm's history were simply dumped.

The only person who thought these photos were worth saving is a friend and neighbour of mine. He rescued them, scanned them and this weekend he gave me copies to share here on the blog. We will never know just how much other material was lost in the company's "clear-out", journals, letters and many other photos probably went straight to landfill.

An act of corporate vandalism that could so easily have been averted. I am sure that many public archives and private collectors would have helped the company gain space by taking this material "off their hands", they would probably even paid them handsomely to do so, at the very the least the company could have saved themselves the cost of skip hire.

In these six pictures the high-level walkways are joined.

Tower Bridge under construction

Tower Bridge under construction

Tower Bridge under construction

Tower Bridge under construction

Tower Bridge under construction

Tower Bridge under construction

A previous post contains eight more photos of Tower Bridge in an earlier phase of construction. 

If you would like to know a little more about the history of Tower Bridge, there is an excellent quick guide at Caroline's Miscellany, this guide also has many useful links to other sites.

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