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Carry On in London Tour
Carry On in London Tour

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

15th December 1984 Only Fools and Horses actor Lennard Pearce (Grandad) died in Whittington Hospital, London.

15th December 1969 Plastic Ono Band, play their only concert at London's Lyceum Ballroom

15th December 1965 D Heneker and J Taylor's musical Charlie Girl, premieres in London

15th December 1964 Comedian Paul Kaye (Dennis Pennis) born in Clapham, London.

15th December 1942 Born today: Dave Clark, London England, rock drummer (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over)

15th December 1899 Born today: Frank Vosper, London England, actor (Man Who Knew Too Much)

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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