This was no longer the vibrant Old London Bridge.
Pedestrians were marginalized, the houses were gone and their inhabitants disappeared into the narrow London streets. In 1831 when John Rennie's London Bridge was opened, the last remnants of Old London Bridge were removed.
Eventually even this bridge would prove incapable of coping and would be sold off to an American entrepreneur in 1967. It was taken apart, block by block and transported to the States where it was reconstructed and is now a bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
But Old London Bridge was a real character and lives on in the collective memory of those who love London and her history.
When the chapel crypt was demolished, the bones of Peter de Colechurch, the Master Builder of Old London Bridge, were found. They were flung into the river without ceremony. His bridge had lasted six hundred years.
Note: Why not visit The London Bridge Experience/Museum which opened in 2012 - and find out all about Old London Bridge and lots of other fascinating facts. Here's a link to their website.