About Blackfriars Bridge
Great Public Space: Blackfriars Bridge
Location: London, Ontario
What do you see in this space? How do people in the community enjoy it?:
- Erected in 1875
- The bridge spans the north branch of the Thames River, connecting Ridout Street to Blackfriars Street in London, ON
- Provides pedestrians and cyclists a safe pass across the Thames River
- There is a growing movement around the Blackfriars Bridge working to ensure its preservation as it ages
Historic and Heritage Features:
- The Blackfriars Bridge was manufactured by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio, although erected by local London contractor Isaac Crouse. The bridge is the successor to a series of fixed, wooden structures at the site since 1831.
- The Blackfriars bridge has been featured in various artistic works, visual and literary, including a series of stained glass windows by Ted Goodden.
- It was designated as a Heritage Structure under the Ontario Heritage Act (Part IV) on April 21, 1992.
- It is listed on the Ontario Heritage Bridge List and is included on the Canadian Register of Historic Places
Memorable and Unique Characteristic(s):
- The bridge boasts a wrought iron, bowstring truss/tied arch bridge design
- At 216 feet (65.8 meters) it is the longest working span of that kind of bridge in North America.
- The bridge recently underwent an environmental assessment study” – to determine its future, assuming it has one.
- As of August 2016 the bridge remains closed to vehicles.
- Details on the Blackfriars Bridge development can be found here: https://sites.google.com/a/dillon.ca/blackfriars-bridge/home