||The old Chapel remains were dismantled as
well and Peter de Colechurch's bones were found but these were
thrown in the river, an unceremonious end to the man who had
built the bridge which had served London for six hundred years.
|The new bridge, wide and spacious was busy
at once and even more so when the railways came to London, and
London Bridge Station opened just south of London Bridge. Soon
a new bridge user, "the commuter" joined the bridge's
traffic and thousands crossed Sir John Rennie's bridge everyday
and became its most familiar scene.
||At both ends new developments took place
and squares were created north and south where gracious steps
led down to the river, used by riverboats and steamers.These
stairs still exist hidden in the new abutments of the Twentieth
Century Bridge. In 1902-04, the bridge was widened by slotting
stone brackets into the masonry, increasing the space between
the parapets to 65 feet and the footpath to 15 feet.