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  London Bridge - In Arizona !
by sourbugger

The present London Bridge is a rather non-descript concrete bridge, but for over 2000 years a bridge has spanned the River Thames at this point.

One of it's incarnations was bought in the 1970's by an American businessman and stands today in middle of the Arizona desert plain !

The first recorded bridge on this site is of a pontoon-style bridge in the first century. The next bridge erected was during King Edgar's reign (10th century). It was that bridge which fell, around 1014 AD, this event may have inspired the nursery rhyme 'London Bridge is falling down, falling down'.

According to story, London was attacked by Danish pirates, who took the bridge and hurled spears and rocks at the unfortunates below. A Viking chieftain came to the locals aid when he and his men rowed up to the bridge's pilings with their covered longships, fastened ropes to the bridge and literally pulled it down, as the Vikings rowed furiously, the Danes were flung into the river. Now that's what I call power rowing.

The first stone bridge come along in 1176. It was eventually replaced in 1831- and this bridge began sinking of it's own accord with the weight of London's daily traffic. When it was apparent that a new bridge had to be built the bridge was sold, but not for scrap. It would eventually move 7000 miles, to the Arizona desert where it became the centrepiece of a large development there. You can still visit that bridge today.

There was for a long time an urban myth that the Americans thought they were in fact buying Tower Bridge - but this is completely untrue.

Address: Over the Thames !
Directions: Nearest Tube, London Bridge. Between Borough High St., Southwark & King William St.
Website: http://www.visitlondon.com/discover-london/london-areas/central/london-bridge

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 8, 2006
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