Constructing London's Tower Bridge required intricate innovation

c. 1889

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In the late 1800s, London was faced with the task of building a new span across the Thames, downstream of London Bridge. In order to allow tall-masted sailing ships to pass through to the Thames' port facilities, the new bridge could not be a typical street-level, fixed crossing

In 1877, a committee was formed which held a public competition for a bridge design. After a contentious few years, the committee settled on the design of...

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