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Tower Bridge

Updated on June 9, 2011

Tower Bridge, London, England

We have now completed several Hubs here on Hub Pages but have suddenly realised that we have yet to do one on any destination within the United Kingdom, where we live. As we have travelled the UK extensively, from London to the far north of Scotland, we are certainly not short of material. This Hub is therefore what we hope will be the first of many on UK destinations and will focus on one of London's most famous landmarks, Tower Bridge, over the River Thames.

Tower Bridge takes its name from the fact that it is located very close to the Tower of London. It is very often mistakenly referred to as London Bridge, which is in fact a different bridge altogether. There is a legend that when the old London Bridge was purchased in the sixties by Robert McCulloch - to be shipped to and reconstructed in the USA - he in fact thought that he was purchasing Tower Bridge. This was, however, hotly refuted by all interested parties.

Tower Bridge Opens to Let Tall Ship Pass

Tower Bridge was built in the late nineteenth century to facilitate the increasing traffic requiring to cross the River Thames as London expanded. It was completed in 1894 and had taken eight years to construct, at a cost of just over one million pounds, and has been an ever present landmark of a much changed London ever since.

Tower Bridge Accident, May 2009

In the early afternoon of 11th May 2009, a lift carrying tourists up the North Tower of Tower Bridge inexplicably collapsed, requiring six people to be hospitalised. Reports of how far the lift actually fell ranged from 10 feet to 30 feet and the bridge was subsequently closed altogether to traffic for a couple of hours, causing significant congestion.

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      Curious Traveller 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, Ellis - you certainly had a lucky escape!

      I too would love to know the outcome of what was surely an in-depth investigation. I am not holding my breath, however!

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      Ellis Joseph Bigio 8 years ago

      I went UP on the elevator to the TOP of London Tower Bridge on Monday, May 11, 2009... and a few minutes later... THE ELEVATOR FELL DOWN !

      I was lucky to not be inside the elevator when it fell, but I escaped death because a few minutes earlier I had been 135 high from the ground inside an elevator that a few minutes later would fall with tourists inside... and I had been one of those tourists, a few minutes before.

      So... I am interested to find out WHY did the elevator collapse? Whatever happened to MAINTAINANCE of the elevator? How is it possible that an elevator would fall for lack of maintainance in LONDON of all places?

      Anyways... I survived the accident, but I realize that I could have been killed... Now I want to know more about how it happened and why it happened, and whose head is going to be chopped off because this was somebody's fault and it should not go unpunished.

      Now I feel lucky to be alive, and I feel a certain obligation to spread the story to others so that it might prevent this from happening anywhere else again.

      I congratulate you for saying it on your web-page and not covering it up, as they are doing in the official London Tower Bridge page, which does not mention that an accident happened at all.