Bridge Lift Times: Saturday 24 February at 13:00 | Saturday 24 February at 13:30 | Saturday 10 March at 12:30

Tower Bridge Exhibition

Tower Bridge's Walk of Fame

2nd May 2017 • Tower Bridge Blog

Tower Bridge's Walk of Fame

Hannah Griggs, Edward “Ted” Forrest, John Chalk – cook, foreman, rivet boy. These are just some of the names that appear on Tower Bridge's ‘Walk of Fame’. It establishes an intriguing link between the imposing Towers and the Engine Rooms, the structure and the science, and is a celebration of the ordinary people who worked at the Bridge since its construction.

Our recent research has brought the names of hundreds of people to light. People who helped build, maintain and operate the Bridge. Bronze plaques with names alternate with decorative roundels that carry ornamental elements of the Bridge: its nuts and bolts, flowers, dragons, pistons…

In a first for Tower Bridge, we worked with pupils from The City of London Academy Southwark to create these decorative plaques. Forming part of their Art GCSE, the students took inspiration from the Bridge and its many intricate details to create their designs and constructed the wooden moulds required for plaque manufacturing. Under the expert guidance of artists and crafts-people from London Sculpture Workshop, a wonderfully diverse and creative set of decorative plaques have been created and installed across Tower Bridge.

Together with the fascinating stories now on display in the Engine Rooms this exciting new feature will shed light some of the unsung heroes who kept an icon in motion. 

Explore our Walk of Fame for yourself next time you cross Tower Bridge.

If you have any of your own stories or family connections to Tower Bridge, we'd love to hear from you. Please contact us at people@towerbridge.org.uk

Dirk, Exhibition Development Manager 

19th February 2018

Blackout: A New Immersive Bascule Chamber Event

7th February 2018

Tower Bridge Awarded Gold Accolade by Visit England

23rd January 2018

New Exhibition: The Historic Bridge House Estates

8th January 2018

Family Activities: Calling all Architects!

Alerts