Click here to skip to content

Waterloo Bridge

Waterloo Bridge

Photographer: Coburn, Alvin Langdon (1882-1966)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1909

Shelfmark: L.R.404.n.9

Item number: 3

Length: 21.4

Width: 16.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The type of tenure upon which London has been built can be traced in historical consecution from the old London to the new, the lack of plan, the extension along the main arteries of travel, the engulfing of neighbouring villages which remain fossilised, as it were, in the general mass of the town, the high local differentiation between one quarter and another, and the permanent mercantile life of the river, all these belong not only to modern London but to the London of the eighteenth and of the seventeenth centuries, and even, in some measure, of the sixteenth. The prime element in the structure of the town from its very beginnings has been its combination of commercial port and national centre."

Text by Hilaire Belloc from the book 'London'

Search within this collection

Elsewhere on our websites


Latest events - register free online

Mobile app

For iPhone, iPad and Android

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Email link to a friend

Write a brief note to accompany the email

Your friend's email address: