24. January 2011 11:57
I mentioned in my previous post the importance the building of new bridges had on London's topology, and that clearly be seen in the following sequence of images.
The first shows the bend in the Thames before Waterloo Bridge was built. This comes from the John Rocque map of 1746, at which time Westminster Bridge was being built and was soon to open. Until Westminster Bridge was completed in 1750, London had just the one bridge - London Bridge - between the City and Putney making large tracts of marshy south London almost completely unvisitable to North Londoners (no jokes please).
While the impact of Westminster Bridge can already be seen in the form of the main road that leads from the southern bank towards Newington, there are almost no buildings at all on the south side of the river, and the area around what will soon become Waterloo is almost completely unused.
This was even more pronounced in 1799, with the area leading from Westminster Bridge becoming denser and the road larger and more priminent, lined with houses and shops, while nearby Waterloo - even though Blackfriars Bridge had gone up in 1769 - is still all fields.
That was to change abruptly with the arrival of Waterloo Bridge in 1817.
This map of 1830 shows how quickly the building of Waterloo Bridge effected the surrounding area on the south bank, as it rapidly became inhabited by roads, shops and houses. Many bridges were built across the river at around this period, including Lambeth Bridge in 1862, Hungerford Bridge in 1845 and Southwark Bridge in 1819. The jewels of south London were suddenly available to all.
14. September 2010 12:13
To celebrate the launch of Time Travel Explorer in the Apple app store, join us for a 2 hour guided walk around Westminster including the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Whitehall.
- Explore the origins of "the Minster in the West" and see how it is linked to the City of London
- Experience the way in which the area has developed over the centuries - and what still remains of the original buildings
- Travel through time using old maps on your iDevice
Tour provided by Sue Mayne, certified Blue Badge Guide
Meet at 10:00 on Saturday 18th. underneath Big Ben, opposite Westminster tube station.
IPhone not necessary, but if you have one make sure you've installed the app - Time Travel Explorer - Pro version recommended, low launch price still maintained.
Please register here to confirm your attendance, places are limited and there is lots of interest