London Bridge Essay

2121 Words Apr 30th, 2012 9 Pages
When people in the United States today hear the term "London Bridge," they are most likely to think of one of the most peculiar sights anywhere within the United States that of the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Surrounded by faked-up Tudor buildings and busloads of tourists, the large bridge is dwarfed by the majesty of the desert Southwest. The entire enterprise stands as a monument to a deep human appreciation for irony, for what else could explain the immense cost and energy that went into transporting such an immense structure such a long way for so very little purpose. But this peculiar structure in the desert is in fact not the real London Bridge at all (if any bridge can in fact lay claim to that title, which seems …show more content…
A great deal of constructionhad been taking place in the city in the decades leading up to the buildingof this structure. Each of the 2 piers of Old London Bridge was set into a wooden"starling" -- in shape something like an oval but with pointed ends. And they had at theirdisposal all the essential simple tools necessary for construction --levers, inclined planes, wedges -- and energy supplied by both humans anddraft animals. A newest London Bridge that would not be -- asbridges have been for so long -- just a fast way to get from one place toanother, but a destination in itself, a location, not simply a transitzone. Inproportion to its weight, stone and other masonry materials are far lessstrong than allows like steel -- or titanium, although this latter isprobably too expensive to use in the construction of bridges. But beyond this desire for defensibleconstructions, the Normans may have built in stone because they weretraditionally good masons and stone was a material that they feltcomfortable working with. A bridge built today might take one of two different aspects. 2). A number of Jews had come with theNormans in 1 66 and served as financiers in the city (and so may havecontributed to the financing of the bridge) until they were expelled in129 . Many of those whocould afford to do rebuilt in stone or tile to avoid such a disastrousrecurrence,

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