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In 1014, when the Danes held London, the Saxons, under King Ethelred The Unready, were joined by a band of Vikings from Norway led by their King Olaf. Together they sailed up the Thames to attack the Bridge and divide the Danes.
Click to see full size But the Danes stood on the bridge hurling spears down on the open ships. Olaf and his men protected their ships with the thatched roofs pulled from local cottages.
They rowed up under the Bridge, put their cables around the piles which supported the Bridge, and rowed off, pulling the bridge down, hence the song "London Bridge is Falling/Broken Down".

Two other timber bridges followed, one being swept away entirely in a storm in 1091. A third was built in 1163. The man who built it, a priest named Peter de Colechurch, vowed that his next bridge would be of stone.
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