Cannon Street Railway Bridge, London

Cannon Street Railway Bridge, London

Cannon Street Railway Bridge spans the River Thames between Southwark Bridge upstream and London Bridge downstream.

The bridge isn’t very attractive – it has a rather utilitarian look about it with its steel girders and cast-iron Dorric pillars. When it was designed in 1863 by John Hankshaw and John Wolfe-Barry for South Eastern Railway, it had decorations and ornaments, but these were removed during the bridge’s complete renovation in 1979.

In 1989 the pleasure boat Marchioness sank near the bridge. During a party on board, the Marchioness’ side was torn open by the Bowbelle, a dredger. The Marchioness turned over and the Bowbelle drove it under the water. Of the 131 passengers on board, 51 were drowned.

Cannon Street Station also designed by John Hankshaw and John Wolfe Barry and was opened in 1866. It was built on the site of the medieval Steelyard, the main trading centre of the Hanseatic League. The building was damaged during the Blitz of 1941 and was rebuilt in the nineteen fifties, but of the original building, only the twin towers on the riverside and the outer walls remain.

The station isn’t used a lot, except during rush hours for trains coming from Sussex and Kent. Most trains arrive at Charing Cross or London Bridge Stations.
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Sight Name: Cannon Street Railway Bridge
Sight Location: London, England
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Bridges of London  

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