Point of Interest

London Bridge

England / Europe

Just further along from here is the point at which the Romans bridged the river Thames. Their bridge was replaced by a medieval bridge, with many arches beneath it and a shopping street across it. The present bridge (built in 1972) is the fourth London Bridge and replaced the bridge which was sold and rebuilt in Arizona, USA. (Some say the purchaser thought he was buying Tower Bridge).The steps on the west side of the south end of London Bridge are known as Nancy’s Steps from Dickens’s Oliver Twist. There is a plaque affixed to the Glazier’s Hall. “Trying to save young Oliver, Nancy meets Rose Mayew and Mr. Brownlow on the steps of London Bridge. Not knowing that she has been followed, she innocently meets the couple at midnight on the steps leading to the Surrey Pier and gives them crucial information about Oliver’s whereabouts. The author gives a chilling account of the kindness that was to cause her death.”

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