Black Friar’s Bridge - This bridge is nearly centrical both as to the city at large, and that part of the Thames which washes its banks. Each pier forms a height of from 15 to 18 feet, a kind of semicircular projection, which supports two ionic columns. The piers were formed in caissoons on piles of fir. The parapets of ballustrades, are of a moderate height, and afford a view of the river on both sides, which offers one of the richest prospects which can be conceived.—The foot-ways are also very commodious.—This bridge is composed of nine arches, which being elliptical, afford very spacious apertures for the navigation. The length of it from quay to quay, is 995 feet. The central arch is 100 feet wide; and the other arches, reckoning from the centre to the shore, possess, the respective spans of 98, 93, 83, and 70 feet wide. The breadth of the coach way is 28 feet, and the foot ways are 7 feet wide &c. &c. This structure, which is the most elegant of its kind in England, and perhaps in Europe, was compleated in 20 years, and cost 150,840l.