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Westminster Bridge (London)

Westminster Bridge is one of the famous bridges over the River Thames in London.

There was originally a ferry here, where watermen carried pedestrians across. In 1748, a state lottery raised the money for a bridge, which was duly built, after demolition of many courtyards and alleyways around the Houses of Parliament.

In 1759, the bridge was declared unsafe and was rebuilt.

William Wordsworth wrote his famous poem "On Westminster Bridge", with its opening line "Earth has not anything to show more fair" in 1802, after crossing the bridge in a coach with his sister Dorothy.

Montague Druitt committed suicide by throwing himself off Westminster Bridge on New Years Eve, as 1888 was about to become 1889. He may well have been Jack the Ripper.

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