Visiting the UK surely is a dream come true for most Historical Romance writers.
And when I visited the UK last year, one of my first experiences was discovering their bridges.
Excited to be on the famous Tower Bridge we went below to check out the engine room, where the huge steam engines are that operated the opening up of the bridge in the late 19th century.
I was more intrigued when we trolled the many rooms and read that the original London Bridge is no longer in UK. It is in the USA.
Surprised? .... Yeah I know ... so was I. And for some absolutely unprofound, absolutely paranoyic reason, this bothered me. I mean I'm not even British ... lol
|Busy with traffic|
in the 1900's
After grilling one of the helpful attendants at the Bridge Museum for as much info as they knew, I decided when I got home I would start digging about and this is more of what I found out.
It seems that by 1962 the bridge was not sound enough for the increased traffic in London, so it was sold by the city of London and bought by Robert P. McCulloch.
The 1831 London bridge was dismantled in 1967 with each exterior granite block numbered for transportation to America. The face of these exterior blocks was sheared off and used to clad a concrete structure.
The bridge was completed in 1971 and links an island in the lake to the main part of Lake Havasu City. Arizona.
|The Bridge as it is Today in Lake Havasu City, Arizona|
|London Bridge on the River Thames about 1870|
Hoydens and Firebrands
Thanks to the staff at London Bridge and further info collected from Wikipedia:
Information on the relocation of London Bridge.