|From:||Tower Hill (TQ333807)|
|To:||Queen Victoria Street (TQ316809)|
|Via:||Lower and Upper Thames Street|
|Distance:||1.2 miles (1.9 km)|
|Met:||A100, B133, A300, A3211|
|Now part of:||A3211|
|Route outline (key)|
The B132 ran along the southern side of the City of London. The road was originally unclassified, as were all roads in the City, but came into being in the late 1920s. It was initially only deserving of a Class II number as it followed a narrow, winding route. However, the road was extensively upgraded in the 1970s and later renumbered as an extension of the A3211. It remains this number, being one of few roads in the City that was not declassified in the 1990s.
Originally the B132 started on the A100 on Tower Hill. It ran alongside the Tower along Petty Wales towards the River Thames, then bore right into Lower Thames Street before reaching the river. The road continued west past the Custom House and then ran under the A3 London Bridge, changing its name to Upper Thames Street. The B133 ran along Arthur Street and Monument Street on either side of the bridge to connect the A3 and the B132.
Continuing west the road went under Cannon Street station. It then passed immediately to the south of St Benet's Church before ending on the A3211 Queen Victoria Street just east of the railway bridge north of Blackfriars station.
The upgrade of the B132 turned the road into the Lower and Upper Thames Streets known today, with the two ends bypassed (the original western end has been destroyed), making the road end in the Blackfriars Underpass.
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