A pictorial guide to the River Thames

London - Blackfriars Bridge

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Blackfriars Bridge is named in honour of the Black Friars who moved their monastery from Holborn to a site near the northern approach road to the bridge in 1274 until the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII.    They were called "Black Friars" because of the black habits they wore.

Blackfriars Bridge with St Paul's Cathedral dome in the background

The dome of St Pauls' Cathedral

Low tide

Buildings just before the bridge on the north bank.
You can see the dome of St Paul's Cathedral.

Closer view of the buildings on the north bank

Oxo Tower Wharf

The building was originally a power station and constructed around 1900. It soon became outdated and was purchased by the Liebeg Extract of Meat Company, who owned the OXO brand.

The Oxo Tower Wharf has become one of the most famous Landmarks in London. The OXO imprint on the tower on top  the wharf's building, can be seen from most parts of  London.

Looking upstream from bridge

Looking upstream back towards Waterloo Bridge

Looking over the bridge - (The griffin represents the city of London)


The columns of the old railway bridge

Blackfriars Railway Bridge

Railway bridge with Blackfriars bridge behind

Start of Voyage down the Thames Contents Page Introduction
Facts about the Thames Flooding Thames Basin
Pollution Erosion Tributaries

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