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Monday, 11 July 2011

More Unseen Images of Tower Bridge Under Construction

Here are six more images of Tower Bridge under construction.In these pictures the high-level walkways are joined.


These photos are part of a set of 20  that were saved from a skip in central London many years ago. At the offices of one of the original contractors, management had decided to have a "clear-out" and a great many boxes of old paperwork from throughout the firms history were simply dumped.

The only person who thought these photos were worth saving is a friend and neighbour of mine. He rescued them, scanned them and this weekend he gave me copies to share here on the blog. We will never know just how much other material was lost in the company's "clear-out", journals, letters and many other photos probably went straight to landfill.

An act of corporate vandalism that could so easily have been averted. I am sure that many public archives and private collectors would have helped the company gain space by taking this material "off their hands", they would probably even paid them handsomely to do so, at the very the least the company could have saved themselves the cost of skip hire.

The original post contains eight more photos of the bridge in an earlier phase of construction. I will publish the final six photos in the set here soon.

In the meantime if you would like to know a little more about the history of Tower Bridge, there is an excellent quick guide at Caroline's Miscellany, this guide also has many useful links to other sites.

The author of this blog is a qualified City of Westminster Tour Guide who runs unique walking tours throughout Westminster, see tabs for details.

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4 Comments:

At 11 July 2011 at 10:23 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Destroying an historic archive - of which these were obviously a part - should be a criminal offence. I heard of a local paper editor who dumped priceless photographic plates in a skip to make a larger office. After six months he was gone, but nothing could bring back that unique photo archive.

 
At 11 July 2011 at 10:52 , Blogger Patrick Baty said...

These are fantastic. I carried out an analysis of the first decorative scheme a year or so ago and had only seen two of these images in the LMA. Here is some more on what I found http://patrickbaty.co.uk/2010/10/20/tower-bridge-london/

 
At 11 July 2011 at 14:02 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if art director of the recent Sherlock Holmes film had seen these?

 
At 4 August 2011 at 15:16 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

truly amazing and terrible to think they were left in a skip!!! Thank you for sharing these with the world!!

 

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