With 19 arches, a drawbridge, gatehouses at each end and a chapel the middle, London Bridge was lined both sides with shops, bars and houses. The narrow roadway caused a problem, traffic and crowds would build up with crossings taking over an hour, so keeping the many river taxi’s busy.
From the 1300’s there was a tradition of displaying the severed heads of traitors at the southern gatehouse. The heads were impaled on pikes and covered with tar with the first being that of William Wallace in 1305, who was fighting for Scottish independence. Others included Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell who both fell out of favour with King Henry VIII.