London Bridge Spike

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On the south side of London Bridge (not Tower Bridge) there’s a 16m tall concrete spike which most people don’t even see as they dash to cross the bridge to get to The City for work.

It is to remind us of the tarred heads on spikes that were displayed here up until 1678. If you were caught and found to be a traitor you would be beheaded at the Tower of London and your head would remain here as a warning to all who entered London over the bridge.

The correct name for this spike is the Southwark Needle and it was installed in 2000. It has an unusual base which is what most people notice as it’s quite long.

While the foundations were being dug for this artwork two large granite blocks from the John Rennie London Bridge (1826) were found and have been placed on display nearby to use as seats.

According to the article in http://golondon.about.com

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