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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

THE NO.1 LONDON BRIDGE

by: MisS VictoriA DaviD

“London bridge is falling down, falling down...”


This is one of the famous nursery rhymes memorized and still sang by children at school or on the street in the Republic of the Philippines. The rhyme is certainly a fictional product of a composer's mind and is of no veracity (as it was in fact, burnt-down).

I saw, stepped and walked on it when headed to the City of London on my very first journey to England. The bridge is a well-built and robust man-made infrastructure that has withstood the test of time. From when it was built of wood by the Romans around 50 A.D. until now. Today, it is a superstructure made of prestressed concrete box girders.


It has always been one of the most useful bridges and has a total length of 928 feet. It connects the City of London on the north and the Borough of Southwark over on the south side of the River Thames. It is also a historical landmark visited by the locals and tourists who find it fascinating. Especially as from the middle of the bridge looking eastward there is a striking view of both the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

In 2004, various bridges in London were furnished with red lighting as part of a night-time flight along the river by wartime aircraft. In connection to that, the bridge was the one not subsequently stripped of the illuminations; which are switched on at night.

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