Tram at Southwark Bridge

Tram 1849 at Southwark Bridge in 1950
The first trams were introduced into London in 1860 by the American George Francis Train. These early trams were originally led by horses, with the first one operating along Victoria Street in Westminster. In 1883 the West Metropolitan Tramways Company ran a Kew Bridge-Richmond horse drawn service, although these early trams were not without their faults. In 1861 Train was arrested for “breaking...

The River Thames

Southwark Bridge
For thousands of years the River Thames has played an important role in the development of England and to this day continues to delight and inspire millions of people. The politician John Elliot Burns (1858-1943) once described the Thames as “Liquid History,” a fitting tribute to a river whose tale stretches back so far. Old Southwark Bridge One of the earliest written accounts regarding the Thames...

The Millennium Bridge

The Millenium Bridge
In 1996 Southwark Council in conjunction with the Financial Times and the Royal Institute of British Architects organized a competition for the design of a new bridge across the Thames. The event was won by the dazzling “blade of light” design envisioned by Arup (engineers), Foster and Partners (architects) and Sir Anthony Caro (sculptor), and just four years later on June 10th 2000 the Millennium...

Old Southwark Bridge

southwark-bridge-1828
In May, 1811, a Bill was passed for the erection of a new bridge to cross the Thames about a quarter of a mile west of London Bridge, and to be known as Southwark Bridge. The work was undertaken by a private company, and the cost stated to have been about £800,000, though it would appear from contemporary records to have been considerably less. The architect, John Rennie, F.R.S. (who afterwards built...