Canon Street Station and Bridge. George Seymour. c. 1883-84. Source: Watson, “The Lower Thames —III,” 251. Image capture and formatting by George P. Landow. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the Internet Archive and the University of Toronto and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]

The railway bridge between Cannon Street and Southwark is, on the whole, the soundest and the most sightly of the vast iron structures which connect the north and the south banks of the Thames. As we glide beneath, its great round pillars seem as if they might support the weight of a pyramid. Overhead there is the continuous rumble of trains, for Cannon Street Bridge seems to share this peculiarity with its nearest neighbour — that tliere is never any hour of the night or day when it is clear of traffic from end to end. It is the first link of the chain which connects us with the continent. and of Europe. From hero the travelling foreigner frequently gets his first intelligible glimpse of the greatness and the majesty of London. As his train slackens speed he gains sight of the towers of Westminster, and the dome of St. Paul's. [251]


Watson, Aaron. “The Lower Thames —III.” The Magazine of Art. 7: (1883-84): 251-57. Internet Archive version of a copy in the University of Toronto Library. Web. 8 November 2014

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