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Blackfriars Bridge, London

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Blackfriars Bridge is a road and foot traffic bridge over the River Thames in London, between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Railway Bridge, carrying the A201 road. The north end is near the Inns of Court and Temple Church, along with Blackfriars station. The south end is near the Tate Modern art gallery and the Oxo Tower.
The first fixed crossing at Blackfriars was a 995ft long toll bridge designed in an Italianate style by Robert Mylne and constructed with nine semi-elliptical arches of Portland stone. Beating designs by John Gwynn and George Dance, it took nine years to build, opening to the public in 1769. It was the third bridge across the Thames in the then built-up area of London, supplementing the ancient London Bridge, which dated from several centuries earlier, and Westminster Bridge. It was originally named "William Pitt Bridge" (after the Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder) as a dedication, but its informal name relating to the precinct within the City named after the Blackfriars Monastery, a Dominican priory which once stood nearby, was generally adopted. It was later made toll free.
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  • Blackfriars Bridge is one of the many bridges in central London that takes you from one side to the other. From that point of view it serves it's purpose however it's worth digging a little deeper as ...  more »
  • The Blackfriars Bridge certainly has something attractive, unlike other London bridges. It was opened by queen Victoria in 1869. The designer is Joseph Cubitt. The bridge is 281 meters long and 32 meters wide. Located between Waterloo Bridges and the railway bridge of the same name. The name is borrowed from the monastery, when it stood nearby. Beautiful views of the city and in particular St. Paul's Cathedral.
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  • When we got off the train at Blackfriars we could see the shard and the cheese grater and other famous skyscrapers. From the tenth floor of the Tate the view looked amazing. Walking across the millennium bridge was a first for me and it was great to stand right next to stand next to st.pauls.
  • I love this bridge because of its safe cycle lane.
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