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Old London Bridge Archway

  • English National Heritage: Archway Beneath Southern End of London Bridge, Crossing Tooley Street
  • Also Known As: Rennie's London Bridge Archway

  • Address: Tooley St
  • Vicinity: Bermondsey
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Structure

Archway Beneath Southern End Of London Bridge is a surviving section (wall and abutments to north of east side are obscured) of Sir John Rennie's 1831 London Bridge. The elliptical arch with struck voussoirs, channelled abutments and dentil cornice was constructed of Haytor granite from Swelltor Quarry in Dartmoor, Devon. The rest of the London Bridge is now in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. - AsNotedIn



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1176/00/00 Henry II of England Sovereign King Henry II orders a stone bridge (lost) to replace a timber bridge on the Thames river. The new structure will have a chapel (lost) dedicated to Thomas Becket. Houses are to be built on the bridge to pay for maintenance.
1209/00/00 King Henry II's London bridge (lost) is completed. The Thomas Becket chapel (lost), dedicated to his martyrdom, will become the start the pilgrimage to his Canterbury shrine.
1429/11/03 Henry VI of England Sovereign Young King Henry with his lords rides from Kingston over London bridge (lost). The Mayor and Aldermen, in scarlet robes, accompany him to the Tower of London.
1825/06/15 First stone for John Rennie's New London Bridge is laid by the London Mayor of London, John Garratt, in the presence of the Duke of York.
1831/08/01 William IV and Queen Adelaide open New London Bridge. The Old London Bridge is demolished soon afterwards, pieces are salvaged and moved.
1856/09/12 Truman O Angell Visitor Angell and Brother Kelsey catch a steamer at London Bridge Truman O Angell's Tour of British Isles
1962/00/00 London Bridge is discovered to be sinking into the Thames.
1968/00/00 Robert P McCulloch, founder of Lake Havasu City, AZ, buys Rennie's London Bridge from the City of London for $2,460,000.
1971/00/00 McCulloch spends $7 million to ship London Bridge 10,000 miles to Long Beach, California and then trucked to Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

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Particulars for Old London Bridge Archway:
Structure Arch
Disposition Architectural Remnant
Structure type Bridge
Area of Significance Engineering
Sight Category Structure
Area of Significance Transportation

English National Heritage List: 1385974

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