publication . Article . 2010

City rivalries and the modernisation of Eighteenth-Century London, 1720-1770

White, Jerry;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2010
  • Publisher: Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel
  • Country: United Kingdom
Longstanding rivalries between the cities of London and Westminster came to a head in the 1730s with the decision by Parliament to build a new bridge at Westminster. Opened in 1750 the bridge seemed to threaten the commercial existence of the City. A competitive urge to modernise London's streets, which revolutionised the ease with which Londoners got around the metropolis, had these city rivalries as its main driving force.
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