We walked over the London Bridge (LB) as well as a 100 m detour to the Monument.
This version of the LB is fairly drab, it is modern concrete and steel like most North American bridges. The version before this one was dismantled, shipped to Arizona, USA, and reassembled- stone by stone. The LB associated with the nursery rhyme is long gone. It was crowded with houses and merchant shops and was ridden with rats as well as being a fast track for fire. about an hour to walk across and it was decorated with the skewered heads of executed criminals to warn the populous to be good. It was removed due to the fire danger and tricky boat navigation in created on the river, below it's narrow arches.
The Monument was built in the late 1600's as a remembrance to the great fire of 1666 which burned most of London. It has a spiral staircase to the top of a lookout and offers a splendid view of one of the oldest parts of London. I climbed this with my son Gabriel in 2009; they even give you a certificate for the feat. If it toppled on it's side, roughly to the East, the tip would land on the starting point of the fire, a bakery. As I remember a fallen lantern lit some straw
Pand the fire spread quicker than Superman on cappuccino. It took out the wood heavy Old St. Paul's, one of civilizations greatest church's but at least it eradicated a slew of bubonic rats and flees to end the petulance of the mid 1600s in London.
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