Cross River Traffic: A History of London's Bridges

Cross River Traffic: A History of London's Bridges
Published:
January 1st 2006 by Granta Books (UK)
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Goodreads Rating:
3.89
Pages:
240
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ISBN10:
186207884X
ISBN13:
9781862078840

London has seventeen points where the Thames can be strolled over ranging from the fantastically fruity Tower Bridge to the grim functionalism of Wandsworth. "Cross River Traffic" tells the history of the current crossings (and their predecessors) - why and how they were built as well as incidents that have occurred on them, from ghost stories to terrorist plots, sexual antics to suicides. The book explores the reasons why the crossings are situated where they are and the effect on the communities they link as well as on London as a whole. The bridges stitch the north and south of the river together, and were crucial in making it the unified metropolis of the Victorian era. They are also aiding the refashioning of London's waterfront in the 21st century. The book answers such crucial questions as why do London's bikers meet on Chelsea Bridge, who was assassinated on Waterloo and how did a hairdresser save Hammersmith Bridge and a poet the Albert Bridge. "Cross River Traffic" is a delightfully digressive and informative history.