Spanning time! Stunning images of London’s bridges merge Victorian photographs with the present day

June 26, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

These ghostly images show London’s iconic bridges through the ages – merging photos from 200 years ago with the modern landscape.

Compiled by the Museum of London Docklands, the images compare the city’s landmark bridges with how they looked at the invention of photography.

More recent black and white snaps of London Bridge and Tower Bridge, from the early 20th century, show that despite the massive changes the capital has gone through, some things never change.

A black and white photograph of Tower Bridge merged with a modern picture

A black and white photograph of Tower Bridge merged with a modern picture



One fascinating picture by photographer Henry Turner in the 1930s, called A Windy Evening on London Bridge, sees people crossing the iconic monument on their way to work.

The image is contrasted with an image of modern day commuters crossing the bridge behind them, the only difference between them being the difference in fashions of clothes – the cloudy weather even looks the same.

Albert Bridge today and in the late Victorian era

Albert Bridge today and in the late Victorian era

Vauxhall Bridge then and now in the pictures compiled by the Museum of London Docklands

Vauxhall Bridge then and now in the pictures compiled by the Museum of London Docklands


The 16 hybrid photographs are part of the museum’s new art exhibition, Bridge, which opens tomorrow (June 27).

Francis Marshall, curator of the exhibition, said: “To be on a bridge is to really see London and their distinctive architecture adds to the rich texture of the cityscape.

Richmond bridge is just as much the leafy idyll 100 years ago as it is today

Richmond bridge is just as much the leafy idyll 100 years ago as it is today

A sleepy shot of Hammersmith bridge in the late 19th century, and the same area today

A sleepy shot of Hammersmith bridge in West London in the late 19th century, and the same area today



“The museum’s photography collection pieces together a stunning visual history of London, with street scenes and the capital’s bridges at the very heart of it.

“Contrasting historic shots with those of today allows us to see how the city has changed over time. Or in some cases, how it has remained the same.”

The exhibition will run until November 2.

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