The most important aspects of London Bridge as well as its illustrious and extensive history can be learned from local guides.
English, Spanish, German, and French are the four languages in which guided tours are offered. This enables guests to learn about London Bridge in a language that they are most familiar with.
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Originally known as the London Bridge, this famous landmark crosses over the River Thames in London. It is a popular site for tourists, and is one of the most popular sights in the city. The bridge was built in the 19th century, replacing the medieval version that had been built more than 600 years earlier.
The original London Bridge was built by a man named John Rennie, Jr. in 1824. It was 240-270 meters long, with 19 arches. The structure was made of Haytor granite, a type of granite from the Dartmoor region of Devon. It was also clad in Cornish granite. The bridge had waterwheels to provide power for the waterwheels, and was designed to accommodate a large volume of traffic.
The original bridge had two gatehouses at each end. These were used for guarding the bridge, and to remind citizens that they should obey the laws of the land. They also served as homes for Londoners. The houses were up to seven stories high, and overhung the river by two meters. Many of them burned in the chaos of the "Peasants' Revolt" in the 17th century.
The bridge was also used to defend London during the Great Plague. The plague spread rapidly and a great number of people died. This led to a revolt, known as the "Peasants' Revolt" and the "black death." The revolt, also known as the "Great Revolt," caused tensions in the city. The bridge was a vital commercial crossing.
In the late Middle Ages, many fires occurred on the bridge. Some of the fires were caused by heavy structures, such as watermills, that overhung the road. Some of the fires resulted in the collapse of arches. Other fires resulted in the destruction of the waterwheels. In 1759, the centre arches were replaced with a wider span. This made the bridge safer to pass over. The central span sections are called bascules. The bascules are raised and lowered approximately 1000 times a year.
The new bridge was built in two phases. The first phase was constructed in 1824. The next phase began in 1967. In that year, the Common Council of the City of London wanted to sell the bridge. They thought it was worth $2,460,000. Ivan Luckin, a member of the council, suggested that the bridge be sold.
The new bridge was designed to have the central span raised 83 degrees. It had a bascule chamber where the counterweights swing to operate the bridge. It was also designed to be easier to navigate under the bridge. In addition, the bridge was constructed with a central chapel. It also featured water wheels and a mill. The bridge was designed to make life easier for people in the East End.
In addition to the new bridge, the original bridge was demolished. This caused a great deal of confusion for the City of London. In addition, the waterwheels were destroyed, and the gap on the northern side of the bridge was filled in partially with new houses.
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