Nonsuch House na Moście Londyńskim. Ponoć z całości wykonany z drewna prefabrykowanego w Holandii. Zostanie zburzony w 1757.
Przy okazji przez taki most w nowym Thiefie się przedzieramy po rewolucji. Nie będę tutaj bronił nowej odsłony legendarnej serii, ale powiem tyle, że jest wiele nawiązań do historii Londynu; Skorumpowany Thief-Taker General to Jonathan Wild, Architekt to Sir Christopher Wren. Największym rozczarowaniem serii były małe i niezbyt bizantyjskie poziomy (oprócz domu Architekta i posiadłości Barona) w porównaniu do Thiefa 2 na ten przykład, ale ta odsłona jest ściśle powiązana z rzeczywistością i miasta owego czasu miały bardzo mało miejsca do zaoferowania swym mieszkańcom. Oczywiście to dobra wymówka na słabe projekt poziomów.
The bridge was 26 feet (8 m) wide, and about 800–900 feet (240–270 m) long, supported by 19 irregularly spaced arches, founded on starlings set into the river-bed. It had a drawbridge to allow for the passage of tall ships, and defensive gatehouses at both ends. By 1358 it was already crowded with 138 shops. At least one two-entranced, multi-seated public latrine overhung the bridge parapets and discharged into the river below; so did an unknown number of private latrines reserved for Bridge householders or shopkeepers and bridge officials. In 1382–83 a new latrine was made (or an old one replaced) at considerable cost, at the northern end of the bridge.
By the Tudor period there were some 200 buildings on the bridge. Some stood up to seven storeys high, some overhung the river by seven feet, and some overhung the road, to form a dark tunnel through which all traffic had to pass; this did not prevent the addition, in 1577, of the palatial Nonsuch House to the buildings that crowded the bridge. The available roadway was just 12 feet (4 m) wide, divided into two lanes, so that in each direction, carts, wagons, coaches and pedestrians shared a single file lane six feet wide. When the bridge was congested, crossing it could take up to an hour. Those who could afford the fare might prefer to cross by ferry, but the bridge structure had several undesirable effects on river traffic. The narrow arches and wide pier bases restricted the river’s tidal ebb and flow, so that in hard winters, the river upstream of the bridge became more susceptible to freezing and impassable by boat. The flow was further obstructed in the 16th century by waterwheels (designed by Peter Morice) installed under the two north arches to drive water pumps, and under the two south arches to power grain mills; the difference in water levels on the two sides of the bridge could be as much as 6 feet (2 m), producing ferocious rapids between the piers resembling a weir. Only the brave or foolhardy attempted to „shoot the bridge”—steer a boat between the starlings when in flood—and some were drowned in the attempt. The bridge was „for wise men to pass over, and for fools to pass under.”
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