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England: The Tower Bridge, Then and Now

November 28, 2015

I took a walk on the Tower Bridge and discovered that the site is one of the world’s premier tourist destinations.

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Mingling with the crowds, I noted that there were literally dozens of nationalities, all here to experience one of England’s iconic structures.

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The weather had begun to turn during this final portion of our trip but It was still fun to see the Thames River in action.

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Before this visit to London – I’d last been here 30 years ago – I had never appreciated that the Tower of London is on the river. Indeed I’d never even visited this part of the city with its skyscrapers and river traffic.

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I walked part way across the bridge but was somewhat daunted by the traffic and urban bustle.

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Back in 1967 the scene was more bucolic. My parents took the following photos while in London to prepare for the final voyage of the Queen Mary.

Really, Tower Bridge hasn’t changed a great deal since then, other than that pedestrians are no longer welcome to try their luck crossing on foot through traffic mid-span. The present blue paint on the railings and suspension cables doesn’t seem to be an improvement, however.

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Here’s the view from the upper level platform, something I didn’t see because of the cost.  The day was even sunny, apparently.

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I try to understand why people from the world over want to come here, perhaps in hopes that some of England’s past glory and wealth might pass to them.

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1967 photos by Ken and Peg Herring

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