Find out about the people who designed and built the Bridge between 1886 and 1894, and the people who have worked here since it was opened on 30 June 1894. Check back regularly for new articles, profiles and podcasts or sign up for our newsletter to be kept up to date.

Sir Horace Jones

Sir Horace Jones

Chief Architect

Discover the man behind the design and one of the most famous names associated with Tower Bridge

Portrait of Sir John Wolfe Barry

Sir John Wolfe Barry

Chief Engineer

When Sir Horace Jones died just one year into the construction of Tower Bridge, Sir John Wolfe Barry was tasked with completing the iconic river crossing. But who was he, what else did he build and why is he still so highly revered today?

Painting of Sir William Arrol

Sir William Arrol

Civil engineer

Discover the story of the mastermind responsible for the 8km (5 miles) of iron and steel that form Tower Bridge's immense structure.

Sir William Armstrong. Copyright Cragside/National Trust

Sir William Armstrong


The technology behind Tower Bridge's engineering was based on an invention by Sir William Armstrong, one of the world’s most successful industrialist-engineers.

Keshavji Shamji Budhbhatti

Discover the story of the Indian engineer who worked on Tower Bridge - and what happened to him when he left England.

Ted Forrest

Discover the remarkable story of Ted Forrest, who worked at Tower Bridge for nearly 40 years.

The Divers

Take a dive into the early stages of Tower Bridge's construction and discover the men who dug the foundations.

John Gass. (c) Illustrated London News/Mary Evans Picture Library

Who runs Tower Bridge?

When Tower Bridge was completed in 1894, the people directly responsible were the Superintending Engineer and the Bridge Master. Find out how this role has evolved over more than a century and the people who've held it.

Close up of boys who worked on Tower Bridge

We need your help

Our greatest stories have been discovered thanks to the help of the public. Can you help us to identify the men in this picture who worked on Tower Bridge's construction?

Voices of Tower Bridge

Hear the stories of the people who once worked at Tower Bridge, described in the words of their descendents.

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Charlotte Olive Dora Burch

In this episode exploring the oral history of Tower Bridge, David Laird speaks to Liz Hunter, the granddaughter of Charlotte Olive Dora Burch, who worked at Tower Bridge from 1895. Can't see the player? Listen on

Friend Samuel Penny

In this episode exploring the oral history of Tower Bridge, David Laird speaks to Carol Douglas, the great-granddaughter of Friend Samuel Penny, who worked on the construction of Tower Bridge's foundations from 1886. Can't see the player? Listen on