After several years of planning and construction, the Tower of London now has a working drawbridge for the first time since the 1970s. 
Originally built in 1834, to allow munitions to be brought into the basement of the White Tower from the wharf, the drawbridge spanned a water filled moat.  In 1978 the rising drawbridge element was found to be ‘troublesome’ and was removed, leaving the bridge permanently fixed in place.
The new, working drawbridge has been constructed with steel and English Oak cladding and using traditional carpentry methods.  View a film of the bridge in action here:  http://bit.ly/OdhZAX

After several years of planning and construction, the Tower of London now has a working drawbridge for the first time since the 1970s. 

Originally built in 1834, to allow munitions to be brought into the basement of the White Tower from the wharf, the drawbridge spanned a water filled moat.  In 1978 the rising drawbridge element was found to be ‘troublesome’ and was removed, leaving the bridge permanently fixed in place.

The new, working drawbridge has been constructed with steel and English Oak cladding and using traditional carpentry methods.  View a film of the bridge in action here:  http://bit.ly/OdhZAX