Plaque

Tower Bridge, 1977 - electrification

Inscription

City of London Tower Bridge
Constructed and maintained by the Corporation of London from the Bridge House Estates Trust without charge upon public funds.  The installation of the electrical machinery for raising the bascules replacing the original hydraulic equipment was completed by the Trust in 1977.

City Engineer: G. W. Pickin BSc, C.Eng, FICE, FIMunE
Consulting Engineers: Mott, Hay and Anderson
Contractor: Cleveland Bridge Engineering Co Ltd

Site: Tower Bridge (4 memorials)

E1, Tower Bridge

These plaques are attached to the north-west tower and also the south-east tower, all duplicated except for "opened to the public" which is only on the NW tower which forms the entrance to the exhibition.  The SE tower also has the intriguing bronze plaque "The Bridge Master's Dining Room".   This is part of a self-contained suite of rooms which once served as the Bridge Master’s home and is now, of course, available for hire.

Note how the spelling of 'honourable' changes between the 1894 and 1994 plaques.  We don't normally retain letters after the surname but we have for the people on these plaques - they seemed so proud of their qualifications.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Tower Bridge, 1977 - electrification

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Tower Bridge

Named not for its own two towers but for the nearby, pre-existing Tower of Lo...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Tower Bridge, 1977 - electrification

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Bridge House Estates

Established to maintain London Bridge. Named after Bridge House, the original...

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Corporation of the City of London

In addressing the 'square mile' concept Londonist has provided a potted histo...

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Mott, Hay and Anderson

A civil engineering firm. Began as a partnership with Basil Mott and David Ha...

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G. W. Pickin, BSc, C.Eng, FICE, FIMunE, FRSA

City of London Engineer in 1977 and 1982.

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Tower Bridge, 1977 - electrification

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Tower Bridge, 1894 - opening

Tower Bridge, 1894 - opening

In 1894 the royal personages listed at the top of the plaque as: Prince of Wa...

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Tower Bridge, 1982 - opened to the public

Tower Bridge, 1982 - opened to the public

City of London Tower Bridge The main towers, high level walkways and the mac...

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Tower Bridge, 1994 - centenary

Tower Bridge, 1994 - centenary

Corporation of London, Tower Bridge This plaque was unveiled on the centenary...

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