Talk:Westminster Bridge

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Encyclopaedic comment and photo?[edit]

OK, to avoid an edit war over this, does anyone else have any views on whether this photograph and caption, together with the text I removed in this edit, have any place in this encyclopaedia? BencherliteTalk 23:15, 29 October 2009 (UTC)

I think it's a fun fact about the bridge. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 203.45.67.108 (talk) 02:23, 30 October 2009 (UTC)
If this light pattern had been covered by a reliable source for some reason, and if the article were large and developed enough for the removed "fun fact" not to be given undue weight merely by its inclusion, I might have advocated its retention (although with no particular fervour; it is, admittedly, rather tasteless). As things stand, I believe that the curiosity in question has no place in the article—or, to answer Bencherlite's question, in this encyclopaedia.
Besides, captions are not supposed to be italicised. Waltham, The Duke of 06:43, 30 October 2009 (UTC)
Absolutely no grounds to include this. Any trefoil window or object will cast a shadow of this shape when the sun's at a particular angle, and the trefoil is a very common motif in Gothic and Gothic Revival monumental and religious architecture. There are thousands of structures to which this fact replies, and no source has ever singled out Westminster Bridge as a particularly significant case. – iridescent 20:00, 30 October 2009 (UTC)

Length of the Westminster Bridge[edit]

Different websites give different dimensions for the Westminster Bridge. 915 feet (279 m) long, 85 feet (26 m) wide, 748 feet (228 m) long, 85 feet (26 m) wide, | 252m long and 25,5m wide, [http://www.lobeg.com/lobeg%5Cwest.html |250m long and so on.

Before fiddling with the display of units, we need to determine, as accurately as possible, the dimensions of the bridge. Michael Glass (talk) 00:57, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

I disagree with your analysis and conclusion. The WP:UITS is unambiguous: "UK engineering-related articles, including all bridges and tunnels, generally use the system of units that the topic was drawn-up in..." Note "all" bridges. Unless you plan to argue that the Victorian era bridge was drawn-up by the Victorian era British architect in metric measures, then, no matter what the actual length, and no matter what units the sources you choose to portray use, the dimensions must be displayed with the prevailing units of the day shown as primary, that is feet first in this case. Timpace (talk) 18:17, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
Timpace, you need to be aware of the general sanctions that apply to units of measure on UK articles. Please familiarise yourself with this policy before you do any more edits. Changes to the display of units can only be made when there is consensus. Michael Glass (talk) 09:22, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

There are a number of different estimates of the length of the Westminster Bridge.

  • The first one that came up from a Google search was from London Architecture. [1]. It gave the length as 827 feet (252m).
  • A second website gave both the length and the width in metres. [2]. Length 209 metres, width 37m.
  • A third website gives some very interesting details, but not the overall length and width of the bridge [3]

Revising the article isn't a matter of flipping the display of units, but checking information and making sure that the article is accurate. Michael Glass (talk) 11:49, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

Here are some dimensions given in 19th century books and newspaper articles describing the bridge:

  • Collins' illustrated guide to London and neighbourhood (1871), William Collins, p104. 1160 feet long, 85 feet wide.
  • The World's Guide to London in 1862, Darton and Hodge, p70. 1160 feet long, 85 feet wide.
  • The Popular Guide to London and its Suburbs (1862), Routledge, p108. 1160 feet long, 85 feet wide.
  • The London Times, 3 September 1858, p7. From extreme of abutment to abutment 1160 feet long, 85 feet wide.

Chief archivist (talk) 20:18, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Total confusion! How could a bridge be 1,150 feet (350 m) long and 85 feet (26 m) wide in the nineteenth century and 827 feet (252 m) today? Something is wrong here.That's a difference in length of just over 100 metres! Michael Glass (talk) 09:31, 20 April 2015 (UTC)