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