Tower of London unveils new drawbridge

Britain magazine

The historic Tower of London was built over 900 years ago but yesterday welcomed a new addition to the riverside castle.

Britain magazine

The new drawbridge took five months to build and yesterday was unveiled as the first new drawbridge in a generation.

The drawbridge was originally constructed in 1834 to allow war materials to be carried into the Tower from the river. It was last replaced in 1915 but the mechanism to lift the drawbridge was removed in the 1970s.

The new drawbridge has been traditionally made and takes four minutes to raise and lower the bridge by hand.

The Tower of London was built under the rule of William the Conqueror in 1066.

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