An Exact View of London Bridge Since the Conflagration of the Late Temporary Bridge.A Chronological and Historical Account from the first Building a Bridge across the River Thames, from London to Southwark, 'till the late Conflagration of the Temporary Bridge, the 11th of April, 1758.
Scarce etching, 195 x 335mm (7¾ x 13¼"), with original rare letterpress separate. With John Bowles's 'London Bridge', c.1725, pasted on reverse of letterpress. View with narrow margins, stained on right. Letterpress trimmed into text on left and at bottom, losing publication line.
A fascinating view of London Bridge on the River Thames, partially demolished; barges, ferries and sailing bats on the river in foreground. Because of terrible congestion on the Bridge an Act of Parliament was passed in June 1756, giving permission to demolish the shops and houses for which the bridge was famous, with work carried out 1758–62. as part of the rebuilding the two centre arches were replaced with a single span to improve navigation up river. During the work a temporary wooden span structure caught fire, 11th April, blocking the bridge. Fortunately the wind blew the flames away from the remaining buildings (and the City), so the effects were not as devastating as they could have been.
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