Tower Bridge for many tourists has been top of the list for places to see in London. Tower Bridge shares the same tourist mindset as of the Clock Tower i.e. Big Ben. Every tourist who comes to London can exhibit this wonderful bridge which consist spectacular history. The History of the Bridge is as fascinating as it sounds.
City of London is built on both sides of river Thames. By 19th century the city grew and the eastern part of the city grew rapidly and got densely populated. The journeys between the busy port areas became tedious and took hours to cross at peak hours of morning and evening. In 1876 the City of London Corporation responsible for east part of London decided to make the Tower Bridge. Over 50 designs were submitted for consideration of the Tower Bridge in the “Special Bridge Committee”. The final and the chosen design of the Bridge were won by Horace Jones and John Wolfe Barry.
Eight years was the time taken to create a masterpiece which we see today. With an army of about 430 labours and 5 contractors it was made possible to finish the project. It was completed in 1894 and was opened by King Edward VII. It was the most sophisticated bascule bridge of its time. The bascules were operated by hydraulics, using steam to power the enormous pumping engines. Since 1976 the bascules have been operated by oil and electricity rather than steam as it appeared to be more economical and less dangerous. It takes about 1 min to raise the bascules to their maximum angle of 86 degrees.
Tower Bridge Exhibition was reopened in 2002 and celebrated its silver Jubilee in 2007. Tower Bridge is a great tourist destination and one of the most visited tourist spots. Tourists who want to see the Tower Bridge can enjoy the exhibition and can take the nearest tube station which is London Bridge Station operate on Northern and Jubilee Line. Tourist who are coming from eastern side of London they can hop off at Tower Hill station and walk through the Bridge. London Tour buses are available opposite the Tower of London. Your London tour will be incomplete if you didn’t visited this great bridge.