Westminster Bridge, c. 1910. The third bridge, built over the Thames after London and Putney Bridges, in 1739-1750. The current bridge by Thomas Page of 1862 is painted green to match the leather seats in the House of Commons.  The Bridges of Old London | Spitalfields Life

Westminster Bridge, c. The third bridge, built over the Thames after London and Putney Bridges, in The current bridge by Thomas Page of 1862 is painted green to match the leather seats in the House of Commons. The Bridges of Old London

circa 1890: Traffic on London Bridge. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)

London Bridge circa Traffic on London Bridge. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images).

Old wooden bridge at Putney, 1880. The second bridge to be built after London Bridge, constructed in 1726 and replaced by the current stone structure in 1886.

Old wooden bridge at Putney, The second bridge to be built after London Bridge, constructed in 1726 and replaced by the current stone structure in

An Exact Representation of the Ice at London Bridge on the 5th Feb 1814

An Exact Representation of the Ice at London Bridge on the Feb 1814

The new five span Putney Bridge, London of 1882-6 designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette to replace the 26 span wooden bridge of 1727-9

PUTNEY NEW BRIDGE, Putney, Greater London. The new five span bridge of designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette to replace the 26 span wooden bridge of busy with people and carriages.

his temporary bridge at Battersea, June 11, 1945, was one of three constructed over the Thames in London, capable of carrying tanks, guns, and heavy motor traffic if the permanent bridges were bombed. When the Hungerford Bridge at Westminster was hit by a buzz bomb in 1944 the substitute was opened for pedestrian traffic.

Mud, Flood And Blood: Photos Of London's River Thames 1895-2000

Temporary bridge at Battersea constructed over the Thames capable of carrying tanks etc., if the permanent bridges were bombed, June

Crucial: A custom house on the Thames in around 1875, when the river was still vital to London's trade and was so polluted it earned the name 'the Great Stink'

A tale of two cities: Some of the oldest surviving photographs of Victorian London show how today's capital took shape

Photographs Dickens’s Victorian London. Custom House, London’s best existing illustrations of architecture, viewed from the river circa 1875

Albert Bridge Moonlight by John Duffin 1965~ Acrylic On Canvas ~ Albert Bridge connects Chelsea on the north bank of the Thames, and Battersea on the south.

Albert Bridge Moonlight by John Duffin Acrylic On Canvas ~ Albert Bridge connects Chelsea on the north bank of the Thames, and Battersea on the south.

Old Vauxhall Bridge viewed from the Lambeth side.  The bridge was built in 1816 to link north Lambeth with the west end of London.

Old Vauxhall Bridge viewed from the Lambeth side. The bridge was built in 1816 to link north Lambeth with the west end of London.

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