The Tower Bridge has become an iconic symbol of London, in close proximity of The Tower of London which gave it its name. By 1882, London Bridge, which is the next bridge upstream, was carrying over 22,000 vehicles and 110,000 pedestrians across the River Thames (counted over a two day period) bringing a need to either widen the bridge or build another to meet the growing need for access to the city of London from the growing population and commerce across the river. It was decided to build another as London Bridge was sinking (London is built on a swamp) and adding to the existing bridge would only make matters worse. The Tower Bridge (constructed between 1882 and 1890) has become one of the most glamorous bridges, although the journal The Builder, upon the completion of the bridge called it ” The most monstrous and preposterous architectural sham to ever have been built.” The two towers stand 293 feet above their 70,000 ton concrete foundations. The towers are constructed of steel frames, clothed with Portland stone and Cornish granite to harmonize with the Tower of London. The pedestrian two walkways between the towers are 100 feet above the roadway which allows foot traffic to travel from one end to the other without interruption when the roadway is raised to allow seagoing ships to continue their journey to the city centre. During World War I, anti aircraft batteries were housed on the walkways which have now become a major visitor attraction.
Horse Brass: Tower Bridge
Horse Brass: Tower Bridge.
Made by ARMAC, Birmingham, England.
Individually hand cast using only the finest British brass.
Hand filed to remove any rough edges left after casting.
Hand polished to enhance the natural beauty of high quality brass.
ARMAC Brassworks has been producing quality brassware for over 75 years.
|Dimensions||3.50 × 3.00 × .16 in|