Taking Lego To New Heights, Literally

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Children the world over love a set of Lego, the simple plastic bricks giving vent to all sorts of creations but a couple in Cambridgeshire have taken their obsession with the building blocks to a whole new level.

Mike Addis, 63, and Catherine Weightman, 58, have constructed a 21-foot-long replica of Old London Bridge using 400,000 Lego bricks and it stands at an impressive 3ft in height.

The Lego aficionados spent up to 14 hours a day over four weeks to create the replica – the original one crossed the Thames from 1209 to 1831.

Their attention to detail is staggering and includes 78 houses, 500 mini figures, a castle and a chapel.  As if that wasn’t enough they included patrolling guards, bakers and residents.

The original Old London Bridge

Mr Addis admits the creation, their 27th from Lego, wasn’t entirely practical as it was built right through the middle of their sitting room, so anyone visiting found themselves seated on one side of the replica bridge or the other.

Mr Addis, an economics teacher, said: ‘It splits the room in two – there’s a foot gap at one end to get around to the other side of the living room.

‘We had a party recently with people on one side of the bridge and some on the other.

‘Most people are in awe because it’s so big.’

The couple used an existing wooden model of the bridge in St Magnus The Martyr Church, London, as a template for their own architectural feat.

The couple used this wooden model above as a template for their own creation

Old London Bridge was once known for being a bustling centre for merchants to set up shop and houses lined each side of the busy crossing. These days it’s known for traffic chaos and being a major rail link in London.

Mr Addis admits they both had to be very patient. ‘Each house is different and it’s all individually made.  Some of it was quite tricky, especially the curved arches, but it was worth it to see the final product’.

As is tradition in the household the model will be taken down later in January and then the couple will have 11 months to come up with ideas for their next creation… suggestions on a postcard, please?

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  1. The original London Bridge had a number of common latrines built on the top level. These were open to the River Thames running beneath. A common London expression at the times was that ‘London Bridge is for wise men to go over and fools to go under’. (Another piece of important information from The Book of Piles)

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  1. The original London Bridge had a number of common latrines built on the top level. These were open to the River Thames running beneath. A common London expression at the times was that ‘London Bridge is for wise men to go over and fools to go under’. (Another piece of important information from The Book of Piles)

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