View of Westminster Bridge including Westminster Hall and the Abbey
Engraver: Stadler, J. C.
Medium: Aquatint with etching, coloured
View of Westminster Bridge showing Westminster Hall and Abbey at the other end. For centuries there was no bridge at Westminster, and by the 18th century traffic had to use a waterman, the horse ferry, or go around to London Bridge or Putney Bridge. However this proved increasingly inadequate as Westminster had grown so much. In 1721 a project was started and well known architects were invited to design a bridge. Eventually a Swiss man, Charles Labelye, was chosen as engineer. The bridge was started in 1738 and opened in 1750 with a grand procession.