In these gallery you will find photos of Waterloo Bridge. All photos of Waterloo Bridge dated 2015-2016 are the actual ones and were taken with iPhone 5s.
The original bridge was constructed in 1817 by the Strand Bridge Company based on the designs of John Rennie and takes its name in commemoration of the battle of Waterloo, 1815. It was redesigned in the 1940s by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the only bridge to be damaged during World War II by the German bombers and was compelted and open for use in 1945. It is located in the bend of the river offering fantastic views of the South Bank to the west and the City to the east, between Hungerford Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge.
The bridge's fortunate location has earnt it innumerable fautures in movies such as Michael Caine's Alfie and dramatized versions of Robert E. Sherwood's play Waterloo Bridge (1930). It is a story of a soldier who falls in love and marries a woman he meets on the Waterloo bridge in an air raid during the World War I. Talking of falling in love there, here is a beautiful poem that captures the moment when two lovers are parting ways on Waterloo Bridge:
After the Lunch
On Waterloo Bridge, where we said our goodbyes,
the weather conditions bring tears to my eyes.
I wipe them away with a black woolly glove
And try not to notice I’ve fallen in love.
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On Waterloo Bridge I am trying to think:
This is nothing. You’re high on the charm and the drink.
But the juke-box inside me is playing a song
That says something different. And when was it wrong?
On Waterloo Bridge with the wind in my hair
I am tempted to skip. You’re a fool. I don’t care.
The head does its best but the heart is the boss-
I admit it before I am halfway across.
Many artistic works have been inspired by the scenery the bridge has provided, including a wonderful song "Waterloo Sundet" by The Kinks.