Acrylic Fridge Magnet of Tower Bridge in London, United Kingdom
This is an interesting acrylic fridge magnet depicting the Tower Bridge in London in the United Kingdom. The Tower Bridge was built between 1886-1894 and spans the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which is why it is named so. It is an iconic symbol of London. Originally it was painted a greenish-blue colour but received a facelift in 1977, when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen Elizabeth II's silver jubilee. Back in the 19th century a traditional fixed bridge would cut off access to tall-masted ships needing access to the port facilities in the Pool of London, between London Bridge and the Tower of London. So a public competition attracted over 50 designs, with the designs and ideas of Sir Horace Jones, architect, and Sir John Wolfe, engineer being accepted. The central span was split into two equal bascules or leaves, which could be raised to allow river traffic to pass. The two side-spans were suspension bridges. Construction started in 1886 and took eight years to complete. Two massive piers, containing over 70,000 tons of concrete were sunk into the riverbed to support the construction. Over 11,000 tons of steel provided the framework for the towers and walkways. This was clad in Cornish granite and Portland stone, both to protect the underlying steelwork and to give the bridge a pleasing appearance. In 1887 George D. Stevenson took over the project and replaced Jones's original brick facade with a more ornate Victorian Gothic style, making the bridge a distinctive landmark, harmonizing the bridge with the nearby Tower of London. The total cost of construction was GBP1,184,000 or the equivalent of GBP100 million in 2013.The Tower Bridge is sometimes mistaken for the London Bridge, the next bridge upstream.