This photo of Tower Bridge in London is part of one of the panoramic images found on the PanoramicEarth.com Tour of London. There are over 100 images taken from around
But why a raisable platform? Well, in the late 1800’s
Tower Bridge was steam powered, using steam engines to pump water into the accumulators and the hydraulic raising mechanism. All the machinery for this was housed in the two towers of the bridge. Being built in the Victorian era, naturally elegance and style was demanded to cover the machinery and thus we have the icon of
When you stand at the centre point of Tower Bridge, where the two bascules meet, give thought to the following: It took 432 workers over 8 years to build the bridge. In so doing they used some 70,000 tons of concrete for the river bed supports, and 11,000 tones of steel in the two towers and the walkways situated near the tops of them. All this infrastructure was then clad in a mixture of Cornish granite and Portland Stone to provide the spectacle we have today. Each bascule weighed over 1000 tons, was counterbalanced within the towers and could be raised to the full height within a minute.
Other attractions near to Tower Bridge HMS Belfast, include The Monument, Winston Churchill’s Britain at War, Vinopolis, Southwark Cathedral and Tower of London. Entrance to all of these
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