Plaque

London Bridge remnant

Inscription

{On the stone laid into the paving:}
This stone is a remnant of the London Bridge designed by Sir John Rennie. The bridge spanned the river from 1831 to 1967. It was then sold to Robert P. McCulloch, an American entrepreneur and today can be found in Arizona, USA.

{The long piece of text on the river wall below the information panel reads:}
There are two things scarce matched in the universe: the sun in heaven and the Thames on earth. Sir Walter Raleigh, 1552 – 1618.

The long piece of text is attributed to Raleigh, here and all over the web, but we can find no source for it, so we've put this page in our Puzzle Corner.

2022: Edward Kegg found a reference to the source in a letter from E. L. H. to the 1863 'Notes and Queries'.  Walter Raleigh is a character in Walter Scott's 1821 historical romance 'Kenilworth'. In chapter XV Scott puts this quote into Raleigh's mouth. So really it's a quote from Scott, not Raleigh at all.  Puzzle solved. Thank you, Edward.

Site: Cathedral Square (4 memorials)

SE1, Montague Close

There are 4 memorials in this photo:

  • The London Bridge information/viewing panel is on top of the river wall, just to the right of the person with the red hat.
  • The plaque to Folajimi Olubumni-Adewole is on the face of the river wall, largely hidden by the group of three women at the far right.
  • The remnant from the bridge is laid in the pavement, about where the two people are standing.
  • The London Bridge 2017 attack panel is on top of the river wall, between the person with the white bag and the person in the white shirt.

The information panel was originally set at the centre but it was moved to the left to allow the 2017 attack panel to take the central position.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
London Bridge remnant

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London Bridge

Four stone bridges have spanned the Thames at this point. The first was built...

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Robert P. McCulloch

American entrepreneur from Missouri, best known for McCulloch chainsaws and f...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
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Sir Walter Raleigh

Courtier, explorer, author and puddle-coverer.  Born Devon.  Became a favouri...

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Walter Scott

Writer. Born Edinburgh. Extremely popular in his lifetime, worldwide. Nove...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
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Folajimi Olubumni-Adewole - SE1

Folajimi Olubumni-Adewole - SE1

Jimi #hero Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, a resident of Southwark, lived in Bermo...

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London Bridge attack 2017

London Bridge attack 2017

There was only one British citizen amongst the victims; the others were Austr...

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London Bridge - information/viewing panel

London Bridge - information/viewing panel

Unveiled by the Duke of Gloucester, this is actually an "interpretation panel...

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Nearby Memorials

Red Lines

Red Lines

SE1, Tower Bridge Road

We only know about this small plaque, laid in the pavement near the kerb, because we know someone whose business is painting lines on roa...

1 subject commemorated, 2 creators
Mervyn Mansell

Mervyn Mansell

W5, Corfton Road

Mervyn Mansell, MBE. DSC. 1918-2009, player and Colts coaching manager, a lifelong contribution

1 subject commemorated, 1 creator
State of Victoria, Australia

State of Victoria, Australia

SW1, Victoria Station

According to Wikipedia the State of Victoria was founded in 1851 so this plaque was erected 16 years too early to commemorate that event....

2 subjects commemorated, 1 creator
Sir George Still

Sir George Still

W1, Queen Anne Street, 28

English Heritage Sir George Frederic Still, 1868 - 1941, paediatrician, lived here.

1 subject commemorated, 1 creator
Susan Daniel Rose Bed

Susan Daniel Rose Bed

N1, Dagmar Terrace, St Mary's Church Gardens

The Susan Daniel Rose Bed The roses in this flower bed are named after Susan Daniel who lives in Islington. The rose was introduced at t...

7 subjects commemorated