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Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London over the River Thames.
The bridge consists of two towers which are tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways which are designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the land-ward sides of the towers.
The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers.
The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower.
Its present colour dates from 1977 when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Originally it was painted a chocolate brown colour.

Construction started in 1886 and took eight years with five major contractors – Sir John Jackson (foundations), Baron Armstrong (hydraulics), William Webster, Sir H.H. Bartlett, and Sir William Arrol & Co. and employed 432 construction workers. E W Crutwell was the resident engineer for the construction.
Two massive piers, containing over 70,000 tons of concrete, were sunk into the riverbed to support the construction. Over 11,000 tons of steel provided the framework for the towers and walkways.This was then clad in Cornish granite and Portland stone, both to protect the underlying steelwork and to give the bridge a pleasing appearance.

The bridge was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by The Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII and his wife, The Princess of Wales (Alexandra of Denmark).
(from Wikipedia)

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  • Copyright: jolanta janczyk (jjanczyk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 0 N: 165] (2579)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-12-08
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/3.2, 1/30 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2011-05-12 14:56
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