How many bridges are there across the River Thames in London?
foot, rail, road etc
- londonmarkLv 51 decade agoFavourite answer
There are 12 `public` bridges in the centre:
1. Battersea Bridge
2. Albert Bridge
3. Chelsea Bridge
4. Vauxhall Bridge
5. Lambeth Bridge
6. Westminster Bridge
7. Waterloo Bridge
8. Blackfriars Bridge
9. Millenium Bridge
10. Southwark Bridge
11. London Bridge
12. Tower Bridge
Plus there are 3 rail bridges in the centre.
1. Blackfriars rail bridge (+Pedestrian walkway)
2. Charing Cross rail bridge
3. Grosvenor Rail bridge
There are a further 17 bridges west of Battersea Bridge until you reach Hampton court bridge which is the last in London.
Going East you also have the Queen Elizabeth Suspension bridge near Dartford.
So that is a grand total of 33 bridges crossing the Thames in London.Source(s): http://www.capital-calling.com/london-areas/london... http://www.talkingcities.co.uk/london_pages/sights...
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As Paragone said, this question covers a vast account of the history of London. Briefly, London was born at a point where the Thames could be forded during the first century AD. It's the largest river in Britain fed by streams from Highgate, Hampstead and Camberwell. The Fleet, Tyburn and Westbourne ran into it; the Fleet serving as a foul ditch in later times - there's an engraving showing what it looked like. The City of London began here, and building gradually began to expand westwards. For hundreds of years the old London Bridge crossed it, covered with buildings and built on pontoons. The arches meant that the river was impeded, so boats which were navigated through had to negotiate difficult levels - it could be dangerous. It also meant that it slowed the river down so that it could freeze in winter. Many fairs were held on the ice in past centuries. Because there was only one bridge until the 18th century, one would cross by hiring one of the many boatmen to reach the pleasure gardens or the taverns and pleasures of the south bank. It was also used as a thoroughfare for many years; kings and queens would travel by barge from one palace to another (think Hampton Court and the Tower of London). Many times the Thames was ready for the defence of London; if the Armada sailed up the estuary, it would be faced with a boom across the river at Tilbury. And many ships set sail from there. "To this city, from every nation that is under heaven, merchants rejoice to bring their trade in ships" wrote Fitz Stephen; in warehouses along the eastern part of the Thames were piled wool, cloth and corn, chief sources of England's wealth. There are still warehouses and even underground stations with names associating themselves with the import and export of cloth, coffee, sugar and goods from all over the world, and there are still some old warehouses left. The Thames was a source of life, of wealth, food and a means of travel through the ages, and it still draws people by the great buildings situated on its banks, like the Houses of Parliament.
- 4 years ago
24 up to Chiswick Bridge.
Cannon Street rail
London Millennium (foot)
Hungerford / Golden Jubilee (rail & foot)
Fulham (rail & foot)
Barnes (rail & foot)
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- queenmaeve172000Lv 61 decade ago
There's London bridge. Waterloo and Black something bridge and the Tower Bridge. 4 I believe.