Esoteric London

No. 1190: Laburnum Street, E2

Posted in Architectural, The Thames by esotericlondon on May 1, 2015

© Roger Dean RED_3781 copy

Laburnum Street, London, E2. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

Dickens’s Dictionary of London, An Unconventional Handbook – Charles Dickens Jr., 1882:

Southwark Bridge has of late years been much improved by the introduction of a little colour into the painting of its ironwork arches, which were formerly all in solemn black, and had a very heavy appearance. The credit of being the handsomest iron bridge across the river rests between it and Blackfriars-br; and on the whole, though the latter is the more gorgeous, the former is perhaps, from the simplicity of its contour, the more striking. The length is 708 ft., or little more than half that of Waterloo. The arches, three in number, rest on stone piers; the centre arch having a span of 402 feet — the longest ever attempted until the adoption of the tubular principle—and the two shore arches 210 ft. each. From the inconvenience of its approaches this handsome bridge has been from the first comparatively valueless as a practical connection between the two shores.

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