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August, 2011:

Tower Bridge Construction

It is amazing what some people will throw away. The Exploring Westminster blog has a series of posts that show photos taken while Tower Bridge was being built [^]. Apparently these photos were found in a skip outside the office of the original builders of the bridge.

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The second set show a slightly later phase of construction [^], with the bridge looking a little more familiar. The final six still haven’t been posted but I’m waiting for them with bated breath.

I guess that really proves the point that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. The very fact that anyone would even consider throwing these photos away is almost beyond belief; they are a valuable part of an icon’s history.

Thank you Peter Berthoud from bringing these photos to the wide internet, and thank you to his neighbour for rescuing these gems from destruction.