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Table made from Old London Bridge foundations for sale

Table made from Old London Bridge foundations
Image caption The foundations of the Old London bridge were removed in 1833

An oak table made from wood which formed part of the foundations of Old London Bridge is to be auctioned.

The foundations of the bridge over the River Thames were laid in 1177.

The table, which is owned by the Kinnaird Estate in Perthshire, could sell for up to £3,000, auctioneers Lyon and Turnbull said.

It bears a brass plaque about the origin of the wood, which was removed in 1833. It is set to go under the hammer in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

The brass plaque on the table reads: "The oak of which this table is made was under the foundations of Old London Bridge, upwards of six hundred & fifty six years and taken up from thence in 1833 by Sir Edward Banks and William John Jolliffe Esq, the contractors & builders of, New London Bridge."

The first bridge at the site of the current London Bridge was recorded as far back as 1016.

The 19th century structure by Sir Edward Banks and William John Jolliffe was superseded in 1972 by the current bridge which links the City of London with Southwark.

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