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Several Illustrations of the progress of the construction of the Thames embankment, on the north or Middlesex side of the river, from Westminster Bridge to the end of the Temple Gardens, have appeared from time to time in these pages. This gigantic work is now sufficiently advanoed to enable the steam-boat passengers, going up or down, to see the entire length of the embankment, with the exception of two or three gape remaining to be filled np; while in so rue places, opposite Norfolk-street, for example, and at the landing-place near Westminster Bridge, the stone wall facing the embankment is already bnilt and fully displayed to view. Above Westminster Bridge, on the opposite or Surrey side of the river, a vast space has likewise been reclaimed from the tide by which it was formerly overflowed; and as the works of the southern embankment are carried on here by Mr. Thomas Webster, the contractor, with his usual energy and skill, though commenced much later than those on the north side of the Thames, we already see the whole of this space as for as the Lambeth Suspension-bridge inclosed by a double line of piles, well ballasted with stones and rubble, within which the scaffolding is being erected for the building of the stone wall to form the permanent bulwark of the shore. Our Illustration this week gives a view of the summit of this temporary structure, which extends all the way from Lambeth to Westminster Bridge, affording the labourers a secure, and spacious platform along which they can move freely and convey their materials in wheelbarrows, or in trucks drawn by the locomotive engines plying on the rails. To the right hand of this View is Lambeth Palace; the steam-boat pier lies to the left; the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge are conspicuously seen beyond. Part of the space within the embankment is the site chosen for the proposed rebuilding of St. Thomas’s Hospital, according to the design of which we published au Illustration some time age.
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“The Southern Embankment of the Thames.” Illustrated London News. (23 June 1866): 607-08. Hathi Trust Digital Library version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 21 December 2015.
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