Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

'London Bridge' table to be sold

The table, the seal of which is pictured, is valued at £3,000
The table, the seal of which is pictured, is valued at £3,000

A table made from oak that once held up Old London Bridge is expected to fetch up to £3,000 when it goes under the hammer next week.

The wood that formed the foundations of the bridge over the Thames dates back to 1177.

The piece of furniture, which bears a brass plaque testifying to its history, is being sold by the owners of the Kinnaird Estate in Perthshire.

It reads: "The oak of which this table is made was under the foundations of Old London Bridge, upwards of six hundred & fifty six years and taken up from thence in 1833 by Sir Edward Banks and William John Jolliffe Esq, the contractors & builders of New London Bridge."

Records show there has been a bridge at the site as far back as 1016.

The "new" 19th century model by Banks and Jolliffe was superseded in 1972 by the current structure between the City of London and Southwark.

The table will be sold by Edinburgh-based auctioneers Lyon and Turnbull on Wednesday.

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