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Railway Bridge over Westminster Road. Towering high above existing buildings, railway bridges and viaducts were depicted as triumphs of architecture and engineering. The reality of life beneath the arches was, however, somewhat different. Areas surrounding bridges and viaducts soon became associated with urban squalor and dereliction. In 1846, a resident of East London commented: 'a viaduct would not be tolerated in a respectable neighbourhood and undoubtedly renders a bad one worse.' Watercolour.
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