History of the Tower Bridge and of Other Bridges Over the Thames Built by the Corporation of London: Including an Account of the Bridge House Trust from the Twelfth Century, Based on the Records of the Bridge House Estates Committee

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Smith, Elder and Company, 1894 - Bridges - 284 pages

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Page 22 - But the change, though steadily and rapidly progressive, has nevertheless been gradual; and, like those who drift down the stream of a deep and smooth river, we are not aware of the progress we have made until we fix our eye on the now distant point from which we have been drifted.
Page 223 - This Tower is a citadel to defend or command the city; a royal palace for assemblies or treaties; a prison of state for the most dangerous offenders; the only place of coinage for all England at this time ; the armoury for warlike provision ; the treasury of the ornaments and jewels of the crown; and general conserver of the most records of the king's courts of justice at Westminster.
Page 118 - Robinson's little son going up with me; and there I did see the houses at that end of the Bridge all on fire, and an infinite great fire on this and the other side the end of the Bridge; which, among other people, did trouble me for poor little Michell and our Sarah on the bridge.
Page 56 - London Bridge is broken down, Dance o'er my Lady Lee ; London Bridge is broken down, With a gay lady.
Page 115 - to that degree, that another city, as it were, was erected thereon ; where, by the great number of streets and shops, with their rich furniture, it represented a great fair, with a variety of carriages, and diversions of all sorts ; and near Whitehall a whole ox was roasted on the ice.
Page 238 - A target is firmly fastened to the trunk of .1 tree which is fixed in the middle of the river, and in the prow of a boat driven along by oars and the current, stands a young man who is to strike the target with his lance ; if, in hitting it, he break his lance, and keep his position unmoved, he gains his point, and attains his desire...
Page 239 - ... scull, betwixt the bridge of Windsor and Gravesend, cannot be fewer than forty thousand ; the cause of the greater half of which multitude, hath been the players playing on the Bankside...
Page 129 - City of London, desirous of providing a remedy for this evil, and at the same time consulting the convenience of commerce in this vast emporium of all nations, under the sanction and with the liberal aid of Parliament, resolved to erect a bridge upon a foundation altogether new, with arches of a wider span, and of a character corresponding to the dignity and importance of this...
Page 56 - ... Iron and steel will bend and bow, Dance o'er my Lady Lee ; Iron and steel will bend and bow, With a gay lady. Build it up with wood and clay, Dance o'er my Lady Lee ; Build it up with wood and clay, With a gay lady. Wood and clay will wash away, Dance o'er my Lady Lee ; Wood and clay will wash away, With a gay lady.
Page 59 - Bridge, narrow, darksome, and dangerous to passengers, from the multitude of carriages: frequent arches of strong timber crossing the street, from the tops of the houses to keep them together, and from falling into the river. Nothing but use could preserve the repose of the inmates, who soon grew deaf to the noise of falling waters, the clamors of watermen, or the frequent shrieks of drowning wretches.

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