Esoteric London

No. 419: London Bridge, EC4

Posted in The Thames and its Tributaries, Transport by esotericlondon on October 6, 2011

London Bridge, London, EC4. Photo © Roger Dean 2010

London: A Pilgrimage – Jerrold Blanchard, 1890:

London Bridge and the Pont Neuf are the two historical bridges of the world: bridges charged with mystery, romance, and tragedy. It is curious to see the eager faces that crowd to the sides of a steamer from the ocean when London Bridge is fairly outlined against the horizon, and the dome of St. Paul’s rises behind. This is the view of London which is familiar to all civilized peoples. Le Pont de Londres! the Frenchman exclaims, carrying his vivacious eyes rapidly over its proportions. The laden barges are sweeping through the arches, dipping sails and masts as they go; the Express boats are shooting athwart the stream above bridge; the Citizen boats are packed to the prow; the Monument stands clearly out of the confusion; the parapet of the bridge is crowded with dull faces looking down upon us as we swing about towards the sea again: we perceive the slow, unbroken stream of heavy traffic trailing to and fro, behind the gaping crowd, over the bridge. The deep hum of work-a-day London is upon us, and the churchbells are musical through it, singing the hour to the impatient moneymakers!