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Southwark Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 9, 2018

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
A300 (Southwark Bridge Road and Queen Street) Over River Thames
London: Greater London, England: United Kingdom
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1921 By Builder/Contractor: Sir William Arrol and Company of Glasgow, Scotland and Engineer/Design: Mott, Hay and Anderson
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
240.0 Feet (73.2 Meters)
Structure Length
800.0 Feet (243.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
5 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

View Historical Book About River Thames Bridges That Discusses The Previous Southwark Bridge (Page 142)

This graceful riveted arch bridge is enhanced by a beautiful multi-color paint scheme.

The previous bridge at this location was a cast iron arch bridge noted for its span length.

Above: A public domain photo of the bridge plaque. Click for enlargement.

Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings

Listed At: Grade II


List Entry Number: 1252452

GV II Road and foot bridge, 1913-21, designed by Basil Mott of Mott, Hay and Anderson; piers and turrets to the designs of Sir Ernest George RA. Five steel arches supported by granite piers which are rusticated. Two spans of 123 ft and 131 ft on each side; central span of 141. ft. The spacing was determined so that the piers would align with those of Blackfriars Road Bridge (q.v.) and Rennie's London Bridge. The piers, whose classical design shows a typical Edwardian exuberance, were completed by the outbreak of war; work continued, with increasing delays due to material shortages, unti11917 .After the war mounting traffic congestion in the City made its completion a high priority , and Southwark Bridge was one of the first major public works projects to be resumed after the Annistice. It was opened by King George V in 1921. The total cost was borne by the Bridge House Estates Committee.


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