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Thames Bridge, London, England


Image Description from historic lecture booklet: "In the ancient times before the days of machinery and mills, this was far the richest part of England, and the Thames River flowed through the best farming land in the country. § Sloping down from the northern and western highlands, England faces the east and Europe, of which continent it was once a part. The sinking of the northwestern part of Europe allow the sea to flow in and cover the lowlands, making the Irish Sean and the North Sea. The higher parts still remained above the water as islands while the sea ran far inland into lower valleys, making the many bays and harbors which mark the shore of the British Isles. The lower part of the Thames River is such a sunken valley, navigable to London. § London Bridge is the most important bridge. It has been ascertained that each 24 hours an average of 170,000 persons and 20,000 vehicles cross this bridge. IT was built in 1831, of fine granite. It is 928 feet long, 54 feet wide, and is made up of 5 arches. The lamp posts were made from cannon, taken from the French in the Peninsular War. Modern London has grown up around this bridge."


Original Collection: Visual Instruction Department Lantern Slides


Item Number: P217:set 020 017


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Taken circa 1915