Thames Tour – Waterloo Bridge, Bradshaw’s HandBook, no.111

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‘Waterloo Bridge’, says Mr Bradshaw, ‘was commenced in 1809 and opened with great state in 1817 on the anniversary of the battle from which it takes its name. A million of money was expended in this structure, which Canova has … Continued

Thames Tour – Blackfriars Bridge, Bradshaw’s HandBook, no.109

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‘Blackfriars Bridge, which is the next reached, has had its architectural beauty somewhat spoiled by the removal of the balustrades and the substitution of a plain parapet….There is a fine view here of St Paul’s…’ says Mr Bradshaw, but today … Continued

Thames Tour – Southwark Bridge, Bradshaw’s HandBook, no.107

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The next bridge after London Bridge is the Cannon Street Railway Bridge which was designed by John Hawkshaw and John Wolfe-Barry for the South Eastern Railway and built 1863-66, slightly after Mr Bradshaw’s Guide.

The Tour of The Thames – London Bridge, Bradshaw’s HandBook, no.106

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After savouring the delights of London Mr Bradshaw offers ‘A complete steamboat companion for summer excursions, Hampton Court to the Nore’. Part I is upriver. In 1895 a steamer left London Bridge at 10.00am in the summer, calling at all … Continued

Lambeth Palace to Waterloo Station, Bradshaw’s HandBook, no.104

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‘…Through Bishop’s Walk, whence across the river an excellent view can be gained of the New Houses of Parliament, and Stangate, a famous spot for boat-builders, we come to the Westminster Bridge Road, at the commencement of which is Astley’s … Continued

Waterloo Station to London Bridge, Bradshaw’s HandBook, no.105

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I last lingered at Waterloo Station, noticing that it is raised above road level. ‘..Indeed,’ says Mr Bradshaw, ‘it hardly needs the occasional incursions of the river to remind the water-side inhabitants that this now dense and widely-spreading region was once … Continued

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