Building work started on Tower Bridge in 1884 and it took over 8 years to complete. Two massive piers had to be sunk into the riverbed to support the construction and over 11,000 tons of Scottish steel provided the framework for the Towers and Walkways, with 2 million rivets holding it all together. This was then clad in Cornish granite and Portland stone both to protect the underlying steelwork and to give the Bridge a more pleasing appearance. The Prince of Wales opened Tower Bridge on 30 June 1894.
The high walkways were originally completely open, i.e. no roof or windows. By 1910 they were closed as people preferred to wait at street level when the bridge was raised rather than heading up the stairs with heavy loads. There is now the popular Tower Bridge Exhibition on the high walkways which has a glass floor section for views below.
We think this photo has been taken from the St. Katherine's Docks area to the east of the Tower of London. .
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