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Great Engineers 9: - Sir John Woolfe Barry

THE principal enterprise associated with the name of Sir John Wolfe Barry was the Tower Bridge. This is a highly important work both of architecture and of engineering. The fact that it has been severely criticised does nothing to lessen our interest in it. Perhaps we shall even find thathis much-abused structure has a significance transcending that of some more perfect examples of the art of bridge-building. It raises problems of design which are still the subject of acute controversy, and in so doing it arrests and challenges our attention. And whatever the critics may say, the Tower Bridge is popular, it is beloved of Londoners. The reason for this is probably to be found in the fact that although spectacular (in the best sense of this word) it yet has a certain homeliness which pleases the average man. That is why Waterloo Bridge, in spite of its more exalted qualities and the indubitable genius of its design is now in danger of being pulled down, while the twin towers of the East End, with their opening span that in such lively manner adapts itself to the arrival and departure of tall ships, make such an elementary appeal that any proposal to abolish them would be greeted with howls of execration. A. Trystan Edwards

Author(s): Edwards, A Trystan

Keywords: john wolfe barry;biographies;tower bridge, london;design;engineers;construction work