Driving into London down the Archway Road, part of the A1, the road passes through a deep cutting. This is as a result of Thomas Telford’s original tunnel collapsing. Hornsey Lane passed across the tunnel, and to maintain the right of way, the original Archway Bridge was constructed in 1813. Between 1897 and 1900 the current cast iron bridge was constructed. This bridge features ornamental lamp standards at the ends and in the middle.
Having driven under the bridge on Christmas day on my way to Southwark I was determined to investigate the bridge further. In the north side is the three cutlasses of the Middlesex County Council, denoting the on-time council boundary. The bridge is now the boundary between Harringay and Islington Councils.
As one of the highest points in London, the bridge provides a vista on the skyline of the City of London.