Category Archives: River Facts

Vauxhall Bridge: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Vauxhall Bridge.

  • The Vauxhall Bridge is a an arch bridge that crosses the River Thames in London, linking Vauxhall and Pimlico.
  • It is made from steel and granite and opened in 1906.
  • Vauxhall Bridge replaced Regent Bridge (later known as Vauxhall Bridge), which was used from 1816 to 1898.
  • When the new Vauxhall Bridge opened, it was the first London bridge to carry trams.
  • Today, the bridge is an important transport link, carrying the A202 road across the Thames.
  • The bridges piers are decorated with 8 vast bronze statues, designed by Alfred Drury and Frederick Pomeroy. The statue titles include, Agriculture, Architecture, Education, Fine Arts and Engineering. They are not visible from the bridge itself.
  • The Architecture statue holds a model of St Paul’s Cathedral in her hand.
  • The government was concerned that the bridge would be bombed during World War 2, but it survived the Blitz.
  • In 1993, in the River Thames next to Vauxhall Bridge, archaeologists discovered the remains of on of the earliest bridge-like structures in London. It has been dated between 1550 BC – 300 BC and historians think it had been dismantled before Julius Caesar‘s Roman expedition to Britain.
  • The bridge was designed by Sir Alexander Binnie and Sir Maurice Fitzmaurice.
  • It has total length of 247 metres, and it is 24 metres wide.

River Taff: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the River Taff. The River Taff is formed at Cefn-coed-y-cymmer in Merthyr Tydfil in Wales at the confluence (meeting point) of the rivers Taf Fechan and Taf Fawr. It flows through Pontypridd, underneath the M4 Motorway and Cardiff. It’s mouth is in Cardiff Bay, close to the mouth of the… Continue Reading

River Tyne: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the River Tyne. The River Tyne is formed at Warden Rock near Hexham at the confluence (meeting point) of two rivers, the North Tyne (with its source in Kielder, Northumberland) and the South Tyne (with its source in Alston Moor, Cumbria). The river flows through Corbridge, divides Newcastle and Gateshead,… Continue Reading

River Ribble: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the River Ribble. The River Ribble starts at Ribblehead at the confluence (meeting point) of the Gayle Beck and Cam Beck rivers. Its mouth is between Southport and Lytham St. Annes on the Irish Sea coast. The River Ribble is 121 km in length, and flows through Settle, Clitheroe, Ribchester… Continue Reading

River Forth: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the River Forth. The source of the River Forth is in Loch Ard, about 30km west of Stirling. Its mouth is the Firth of Forth, an estuary of the North Sea. The river flows through Abrfoyle and Stirling and past Cambus, Alloa, Fallin and Airth. It is 47km in length.… Continue Reading

Forth Bridge: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the Forth Bridge. The Forth Bridge is a railway bridge spanning the Firth of Forth in Scotland. It is located less than ten miles from the city of Edinburgh. It is a cantilever bridge and was opened on 4th March 1890. The bridge was designed by Sir John Fowler and… Continue Reading

Infinity Bridge: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the Infinity Bridge. The Infinity Bridge crosses the River Tees in Stockton-on-Tees in northern England, about a kilometre from Stockton town centre. It links the University of Durham with the Teesdale Business Park. It was opened in 2009 at a cost of 15 million pounds, for cyclists and pedestrians. Today,… Continue Reading

Millennium Bridge: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the Millennium Bridge in London. The Millennium Bridge crosses the River Tames in London, linking the City of London to Bankside and the Tate Modern gallery. It opened in 2000, after taking two years to build. It has a span of 144 metres and is 4 metres wide. The 8… Continue Reading