TQ3180 : Blackfriars Bridge & Station & old bridge

taken 4 years ago, near to City of London, Great Britain

Blackfriars Bridge & Station & old bridge
Blackfriars Bridge & Station & old bridge
Blackfriars Station

Blackfriars Station opened as St Paul's Station in 1886. Built by the London, Chatham & Dover Railway (who also constructed the railway bridge). Renamed Blackfriars in 1937. The station was rebuilt and reopened along with an underground station in 1977. The main service using the station is the Thameslink service which includes trains to and from Bedford, St Albans City and Luton in the north; and Brighton, Sutton and Sevenoaks in the south. The station has now been extended onto Blackfriars railway Bridge.

Blackfriars Railway Bridge

There have been two structures with the name. The first bridge was opened in 1864 and was designed by Joseph Cubitt for the London, Chatham and Dover Railway. Massive abutments at each end carried the railway's insignia, preserved and restored on the south side. It eventually became too weak to support modern trains, and was removed in 1985 - all that remains is a series of columns crossing the Thames and the southern abutment, which is a Grade II listed structure LinkExternal link . The remaining bridge, built slightly further downstream (to the east), was originally called St Paul's Railway Bridge and opened in 1886. It was designed by John Wolfe-Barry and Henry Marc Brunel and is made of wrought iron.

Listed Buildings and Structures

Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

…read more at wikipedia LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Saturday, 8 October, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 15 March, 2017
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Railways 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3171 8066 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.5716N 0:6.2091W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3168 8055
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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