Tower Bridge is one of London’s great landmarks but was only opened as recently as 30 June 1894. It was opened by HRH The Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) in the presence of the Princess of Wales (later Queen Alexandra) and the Duke of York (later George V). It is a bascule bridge, designed by Sir John Wolfe Barry, the civil engineer, who also designed the latest version of Greenland Dock.The bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge, with two towers joined by horizontal walkways. It was painted red and blue for The Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. It was originally built to cater for the commercial development taking place in the East End, and had to open to admit tall vessels into the Pool of London. In 1884 Horace Jones’s design was approved. His engineer was Sir John Wolfe Barry. Construction began in 1886. The Tower Bridge Exhibition, explaining the history of the Bridge and how it was built, is in the high-level Walkways. Tower Bridge, which is funded by the City of London’s Bridge House Estates Committee, is open free of charge.
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