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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

24th November 1991 Queen singer Freddie Mercury dies in Kensington.

24th November 1952 Agatha Christie's Mousetrap opens in London (still running)

24th November 1628 John Ford's Lover's Melancholy, premieres in London

London's First Bridge



London's First Bridge

This is the location of probably the first Thames bridge.

Location: River Thames, Vauxhall

Description: This is the place of what historians consider might have been the first known London Bridge. There are wooden remains of a 3 metre wide structure just upstream of Vauxhall Bridge that can be seen only a few days each year when the tide is at it's very lowest. They have been dated to 3500 years ago in the Bronze Age - around 1500BC.

They were discovered in 1993 after erosion of the foreshore. Tony Robinson and Channel 4's Time Team spent 3 days investigating the site in April 2001.

They concluded that the structure was most probably a bridge to a gravel island in the middle of the river, although it might also have been a jetty. No gravel island exists, but it certainly looks like a bridge part way or even full way across the river here.

Also - two Bronze Age spearheads were found alongside the remains of the wooden structure, driven deep suggesting that they had been placed there deliberately. Perhaps this bridge or jetty formed a spiritual location to the settlers here.



Tagged in this Tour: The Bridges That Made London

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London's First Bridge

This is the location of probably the first Thames bridge.


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