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
Original Collection: Visual Instruction Department Lantern Slides
Item Number: P217:set 020 017
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