The Museum of London Docklands has released some hybrid photographs showing ‘then and now’ views of London and its most iconic bridges across the ages.

The 16 images, which juxtapose historic views with their present day perspective, have been created using photographs showcased in Museum of London Docklands’ new art exhibition Bridge, that opened on Friday.

While facinating to look at, long term fans of Saphire and Steel would not approve of blending photos though.

Hybrid Image: A windy evening on London Bridge, 1937, by Henry T Henry Turner (active 1930s) A Windy Evening on London Bridge c. 1937

From Wordsworth to T S Eliot, the crowds streaming across London Bridge have always attracted attention. Turner was a photographer and General Secretary of the Empire Press Union (later Commonwealth Press Union). He made this image for E Arnot Robertson’s book Thames Portrait (1937).
© Henry Turner/Museum of London

Hybrid Image: Lower pool with Tower Bridge under construction, lUnknown photographer Lower Pool, with Tower Bridge under construction

Glass lantern slide c. late 19th century
© Museum of London

Hybrid Image: Looking north across London Bridge, 1920s, by GeorGeorge Davison Reid (1871–1933) Looking north across London Bridge c. 1920s

Taken from inside on the 5 th floor of No1 London Bridge.
© George Davison Reid/Museum of London

Hybrid Image: Charing Cross Railway Bridge, late 19th centuryUnknown photographer Charing Cross Railway Bridge

Glass lantern slide c. late 19th century
Taken from South Bank.
© Museum of London

Hybrid Image: Southwark Bridge, 1935, by Henry TurnerHenry Turner (active 1930s) Southwark Bridge c. 1935

© Henry Turner/Museum of London

Hybrid Image: Waterloo Bridge from Embankment, 1903-10, by ChrisChristina Broom (1863–1939) Waterloo Bridge from the Embankment c. 1903–10

Taken from the North Bank of the Thames.
© Christina Broom/Museum of London

The exhibition, Bridge at the Museum of London Docklands is open until the 2nd November. Entry is free.


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  1. Bridge Pedant says:

    Shame they didn’t realise that the old London Bridge and the new London Bridge weren’t in the same place…

    • ianvisits says:

      The current London Bridge was constructed on the same site as the 19th century bridge. It’s the medieval old bridge that was in a different location from the later two replacements.

  2. Greg Tingey says:

    Yest again …- wasn’t old London (Any time before about 1965, actually) DIRTY

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