Building    From 1769 

Blackfriars Bridge

Categories: Transport

The first bridge on this site (shown in the picture) was designed by Robert Mylne and added a third crossing point to those already provided by London Bridge and Westminster Bridge. The plaque says 1760 but it took so long to build that it did not open until 1769, just at the end of Pitt the Elder's term as PM so it was named after him.

The location was chosen because there was available a wide route leading from the river up to what is now Ludgate Circus. This was the River Fleet with its disused wharves on both banks. It became the wide New Bridge Street. The equivalent road on the south bank crossed mainly open fields to the new St George's Circus.

Faulty workmanship meant the bridge needed replacing and this new bridge was opened by Queen Victoria on 1869. The bridge is dedicated to her, hence the statue on the north bank. Stone carvings of water birds by John Birnie Philip. Bridge designed by Joseph Cubitt, son of Sir William. Joseph also designed the sister rail bridge. The road bridge was widened 1907–10.

In Google Satellite view you can see, reading left to right: Cubitt's road bridge, Cubitt's 1864 railway bridge piers (the bridge itself was removed 1985), the 1886 bridge which has recently (2014) been converted to carry Blackfriars Station platforms. Note how the piers on all three bridges line up, presumably to ease passage for shipping.

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Blackfriars Bridge

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Blackfriars Bridge - plaque

Corporation of London Blackfriars Bridge, standing on the site of the origina...

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Blackfriars Bridge - underpass

{Each print is labelled. The one we have chosen for illustration is:} Her Ma...

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Battersea Bridge

Battersea Bridge

In 1771 a ferry was replaced with a wooden toll bridge designed (badly, apparently) by Henry Holland - shown in our image. The replacement bridge was begun in 1887 and opened in 1890.

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1 memorial
Deptford Creek bridge

Deptford Creek bridge

From the magnificent Edith Streets:  The Bridge, with its control tower alongside, was opened in 1954. The first footbridge was built in 1804, and the first road bridge in 1815. The bridge lifts le...

Building, Transport

1 memorial
Greenwich Meridian

Greenwich Meridian

A prime meridian. Established by Sir George Airy. By 1884, over two-thirds of all ships and tonnage used it as the reference meridian on their charts and maps. In October of that year, 41 delegates...

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1 memorial
Transport Trust

Transport Trust

The Transport Trust is a charitable institution that aims to increase and channel support for transport preservation, acting as the hub of the transport preservation movement. More about their pla...

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6 memorials
Leslie Green

Leslie Green

Architect. Born Leslie William Green in Maida Vale. In 1903 he was appointed as architect for the Underground Electric Railways Company of London (UERL) to design stations for three underground rai...

Person, Architecture, Transport

2 memorials