A North View of Westminster Bridge

By PARR, Nathaniel, 1751 
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A North View of Westminster Bridge

British Isles
  • Author: PARR, Nathaniel
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Printed for & Sold by Robert Sayer Map & Print Seller at the Golden Buck opposite Fetter Lane, Fleet Street
  • Publication date: 1751.
  • Physical description: Engraved print.
  • Dimensions: 365 by 565mm. (14.25 by 22.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 12339

Notes

Westminster Bridge was designed by the Swiss architect Charles Labelye and completed in 1751. The project is notable for the first use of caissons, an invention which enables construction underwater. Westminster Bridge was the first bridge to be built nearer the city than Kingston for 600 years — it provoked the removal of the buildings on London Bridge and the construction of Blackfriars Bridge as the City tried to keep traffic in their domain.

There is a description of the construction of the bridge and its cost — £389,500! — underneath the view.