London Bridges Sightseeing
Battersea Bridge is a narrow, elegant, pedestrian suspension footbridge over the River Thames in England. It links "Battersea on the Hill" with Battersea Park in south-west London. The bridge is Grade II listed and has been closed to pedestrians since 2008 for repairs, which are due to be completed by the end of 2010. The bridge will then reopen to pedestrians as part of a riverside walk from Battersea to Chelsea. It was a misty morning, the rain had stopped, but the clouds in the sky were low and darkening.
The traffic on the bridge was light, but there were a few pedestrians crossing over from Chelsea to Battersea, The London NET (thelondonnet.co.uk). I was in bed looking out of the window next to my front door. The bed was on the second floor and I had a view of all of Battersea Park and the river. Designed under the supervision of City Architect Edwin Jarman and completed in 1891, at the narrowest point the bridge is just 69 feet (21 m) wide and 310 feet (94 m) long.
In comparison, Tower Bridge is over 950 feet (290 m) and very much wider. On the face of it, Battersea Bridge doesn’t seem that special. It is a road bridge after all, and spans a river like thousands of others in the UK. But when you look a bit closer, you begin to appreciate the unique part it plays in history. Built in the 19th century, it is the narrowest bridge on the Thames. Only 30 feet wide, and barely more than 19 feet below the high water level of the Thames, it has been known to flood severely when large tides meet a moderate flow.
The bridge was designed by engineer John Rennie and architect Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt, and replaced a centuries-old stone Battersea Bridge. It has three brick arches, and is 808 feet (246 m) long. The previous bridge had been deemed to be beyond repair by the authorities at Westminster, who were hoping to have a railway crossing as well as a footbridge built in the same location. By 1824 the Bridge House Estates, which owned Battersea Bridge at the time, commissioned James Webster to design a replacement.
During construction of the bridge in 1856, workmen found a number of skulls and bones under Tothill Street. This turned out to be the remains of a Roman cemetery. The bridge was originally known as Victoria Bridge, until it was renamed after the reigning monarch in 1862, and Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. Currently, Chelsea Bridge is used primarily by North London-bound traffic from the A3046 on the north bank and for South London-bound traffic from the A219 on the south bank.
The bridge is also used by pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. A bridge over troubled waters. Chelsea Bridge is a suspension bridge in West London, England, which crosses the River Thames. It has been described as "one of the most notable of Victorian bridges" and "a beautiful structure". The third Chelsea Bridge, was designed by Joseph Bazalgette and was built between 1871 and 1874. This bridge now bears the name of its designer. Built in 1890, Battersea Bridge is the narrowest road bridge over the Thames.
The practice of the eights racing being three miles up stream from their finishing line had caused increasing problems in recent years. It is no longer possible to race from the Middlesex bank to Chiswick Eyot on the Surrey side. The finish line has therefore been moved downstream, but this distributes the spectators over a larger area and reduces the impact of the finish. Chiswick Bridge, situated in Chiswick, London, England over the River Thames between Kew and Strand-on-the-Green, was a toll bridge built between 1825 and 1827 by John Rennie (1761–1821) and John Vardy.
It is a stone structure with three segmental arches each made from two voussoirs, supported by a pair of piers without central pier. Chiswick Bridge was the second of three bridges opened that day. Twickenham and Hampton Court followed shortly afterwards. The six-lane Chiswick Bridge was built with a reinforced concrete deck in order to reduce costs. The cost of construction was £278,000 (about £9 million in today's terms). Chiswick Bridge is an arch bridge with three spans crossing the River Thames in west London.
It was opened on 3 July 1933 alongside Twickenham Bridge and Hampton Court Bridge; each bridge was intended as a temporary structure to allow the widening of the river, which began in 1931. The new Chiswick bridge was opened by Sir Malcolm Campbell, Sir Henry Segrave and Johnny Cobb in their respective cars BlueBird, Golden Arrow and Crayford. Before the current bridge was built, the river could be crossed at this point by the very last wooden bridge on the Thames.
Hampton Court Bridge
Hampton Court Bridge is a bridge that crosses the River Thames in England, carrying the Waterloo to Reading Line and the A308 road. It links Hampton Court, in south-west London, with East Molesey in Surrey. Most of the bridge was opened in 1872 by Queen Victoria for the public, who had to pay a toll for using it (£0. 30). Located at the reach above Teddington Lock near Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Court Bridge is the furthest upstream bridge in Greater London.
It carries a road between Richmond Park and Bushy Park, as well as the National Cycle Route 2, and is crossed by almost 54,000 vehicles per day. Hampton Court Bridge is a bridge over the River Thames at Hampton Court in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It links Hampton Court Palace with East Molesey and Shepperton, passing over the narrowest part of the river, just east of Sheepy Magna. Imagine the thrill of standing at Hampton Court Bridge, looking down on one of England’s greatest rivers; the River Thames.
Hungerford Bridge And Golden Jubilee Bridges
The Hungerford Bridge (or Golden Jubilee Bridges, as it is also known) can be found to the South East of the London Eye just beyond the Victoria Tower Gardens. They were designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects with Arup and opened in 2002. The two bridges are over 20 metres tall and span a distance of 50 metres in support of the Thames Path which can conveniently be found on both sides of the river for walkers and commuters alike.
The Golden Jubilee Bridges are located on either side of the Hungerford Bridge – which crosses the River Thames in the centre of London. The bridges are a little unusual in that they have one footway (to walk on) and two cycle ways – although this makes good sense given that commuting cyclists (and intrepid tourists) need to cross between Waterloo and Hungerford on a regular basis. In the Docklands area of London, the riverside is dominated by three bridges; two footbridges and one rail bridge.
The Hungerford Footbridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel between 1845 and 1859 (he also built the Great Western Railway). Named after Robert Hungerford, who sponsored its construction, it was opened to civilians in 1859 and used as a footbridge for 124 years. A perfect summer's day walk, with views of the Thames that are stunning at any time of year. Take in the Thomas Hardye School and Dorset Gardens on one side, and the Thames on the other.
Before crossing over to the cooling green of Chiswick Mall via a picturesque stone bridge. The Hungerford Bridge was opened in 1845 by Queen Victoria as part of the development of the South Western Railway line across the River Thames. Each side of the bridge has a footbridge, which are still in use today due to their practicality and convenience. Bridge Walk, Southbank. A popular tourist spot due to its proximity to the London Eye, the walkway is 1536 ft long, and forms part of the Thames Path.
Kew Bridge takes you from the train station of the same name across the Thames to Kew Gardens. But it was originally named King Edward VII Bridge, and this is why. The Museum of London holds all the objects presented to King Edward VII on the day the bridge first opened, including a silver mallet and trowel he used when laying its foundation stone in 1904. These include a bronze axe, which was used by a local builder called Leifchild to cut the first sod, and King Edward’s coat of arms, which was carved on a tall stone monolith at Kew Bridge station when it opened in 1836.
The bridge is made of granite and Portland stone. It is 76 metres (249 ft) in length, and 13. 6 metres (44 ft) wide. There are three arches, each of 54. 5 m (179 ft) span, supported by stone piers resting on the riverbed at a depth of about 4 m (approx 13 ft). The bridge deck is 42 metres (138 ft) above high water, allowing river traffic to pass freely beneath it. It was named as a memorial to King Edward VII, who had died the previous year.
It is difficult to ascertain the history of London's oldest bridge, but certainly it pre-dates Roman times, and likely Saxon as well. It was first mentioned in a document from 1377, in reference to paying "brodre" (bridge) tolls across 'the great bridge'(over the Thames). The stone bridge has been replaced since it collapsed in 1899 and a steel elevated bridge was erected beside it in 1902. ". The Kew Bridge area of Kew was home to the famous botanical gardens.
Completely separate from the Palace of Kew, which is now one part of a large royal complex on this side of the Thames. The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are large, and cover the banks of the Thames. There are two centres: the Princess of Wales Conservatory and the Temperate gardens, both with beautiful fountains and ponds. A beautiful Edwardian bridge, with lovely stone work and a roundel in the middle. If you have time there is a walk along the north bank of the Thames leading to Kew which I really enjoyed.
It is close to both Richmond and Kingston so it works out well if you are in either of these places, like we were. It runs from just north of Hungerford Bridge to Waterloo Bridge. This historic bridge is a much photographed sight, and a location in which countless films and adverts have been shot. The Hampton Court Bridge is a road bridge across the River Thames in England linking Hampton Court Palace to East Molesey.
The bridge is the oldest on the Thames, and was originally constructed in about 1100. It has had several different names throughout its history. In 1470, records show that a John de Langeford was paid 4s 8d for work on Kingston Bridge. In 1559 a purchase order was made by the Town Clerk of Kingston for a new key to the lock at Kingston Bridge. John Lillie was paid 2 shillings in 1645 for clearing out the ducking stool at Kingston Bridge (although it seems nobody really wanted to use it).
At the Hampton Wick end of the bridge was the Kingston Point meat market, which moved to New Malden in 1930. In June 1851, two murders were discovered at what became known as Monkey Island, where a local silk mill owner had dumped the bodies of his wife and her lover in a horse trough filled with quicklime. At top left is a detail from the 1625 map to the right showing Hampton Wick. The small island in the Thames in front is called "Stag Island".
The image above showing the London skyline is a view from the South Bank of the River Thames. The Houses of Parliament (big, white building) is located on the right. Big Ben sitting on top of it is the name given to its bell, which chimes every hour. The London Eye (the Ferris wheel) sits alongside the Westminster Palace and Big Ben. The photo above was taken in front of the houses of Parliament and Westminster bridge.
These places are magnificent. Isn’t it awesome to live close to this? My house is less than 5 minutes’ walk away from this shot. Lambeth Bridge is a nice spot too! I like taking photos of my hometown. Although the abutments at the north end of the bridge were constructed from Lambeth Marsh clay, Kentish ragstone and stabilised with Portland stone, the elegant arch was designed in cast iron by Thomas C. W. Fowler to cross a wide navigable waterway of historic consequence to London.
The weather is getting better here in London, and with that comes the urge to explore the city. As a city centre resident I’m no stranger to this, but for the majority of Londoners there are few other opportunities to walk and truly get lost. The quayside is also a haunt for one of London's free open top bus tours, which indeed, does provide a unique perspective of the capital city, as well as bringing you through some of its more historical quarters.
London Bridge has had a tremendous influence on the development of Southwark, being both a physical boundary between the City of London and the Borough of Southwark, and for many centuries the primary means of crossing the River Thames from the south. For hundreds of years it was one of the three most important bridges in the capital and is known to have existed since at least 900AD as a wooden bridge. Victoria is more than just a pretty face.
An impressive work of 19 th century civil engineering, this is one of the few bridges in the world to have been designed by a woman. Alexandrine-Sophia Guibal worked with her father, Jacques François Lamébrier, on an innovative winching system to lift the bridge into place without having to demolish its supporting piers. The current bridge is the work of a 19th-century engineer, although it retains one of the four medieval stone towers. Unlike its neighbour, it’s not open to vehicles today, so you can admire its beautiful Victorian architecture in all its glory.
But first, why don’t you come and enjoy a bite to eat at London Bridge…. London Bridge is good example of getting the basics right first. It's a solid bridge, built to last. If you fancy building a totally awesome bridge for yourself, then you've come to the right place. Place: London Bridge, Address: Tooley Street, London Bridge Station Time: Anytime. Hours vary depending on season, but it’s usually open daily.
The Millennium Bridge is quite possibly one of London’s most iconic bridges, offering sublime views of the Thames and St Pauls parish church. However, it might be better known for its infamous “wobbly” opening a little more than fifteen years ago in June 2000. During its first few months of operation, the bridge was subject to 'high frequency vibrations'which made crossing the Thames a somewhat scary experience – it was often compared to a theme park ride.
This state of affairs didn't last too long; these problems were fixed by early 2001. It takes a lot of hard work to be an architect, but sometimes things can go wrong and you have to start from scratch. This happened to the Millennium Bridge in London back in 2000, when it was found that there was a noticeable vibration whenever people walked across it. It was fixed by adding damping, but the nickname ‘the wobbling bridge’ stuck.
As a result the engineering industry coined the phrase ‘the wobbly bridge syndrome’, because a solution to a problem had resulted in another unexpected problem. The Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian bridge over the River Thames in London, England, linking St Pauls Cathedral on the north bank with the Tate Modern and Bankside on the south. It is located between Southwark Bridge and Blackfriars Railway Bridge, near the City of London. It is owned and maintained by the Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust overseen by the City of London Corporation.
Most people either love or hate the Millennium Bridge. So when I cycled across it for a photoshoot on Friday, that was exactly how I anticipated feeling. My emotions during the crossing, however, were somewhat mixed. It turns there are numerous reasons to either love or hate Central London’s wobbley footbridge…. The London Millennium Bridge (sometimes called the Wobbly Bridge or Spaghetti Bridge) is a pedestrian bridge in London, England over the River Thames. The bridge connects St Pauls Cathedral on the north bank of the river with Tate Modern and the MI6 building on the south bank.
I always enjoy running this route. I've run it in every season with my favourite time being around the start of Summer when it's a nice mild evening. Sometimes there are fireworks going off from across the river but otherwise it's relatively peaceful. The path on Putney Bridge is quite narrow so that you share one lane with cyclists so everyone adopts a good level of safety and you can have a chat with those passing if you want to.
Heading west from the Thames originally took you across Putney Heath before the creation of Putney Bridge in 1729. Traffic lights on the bridge were not installed until 1993, and it is still dominated by pedestrians and cyclists crossing into central London. Putney Bridge was designed by engineer William Tierney Clark and completed in 1729. It is historically significant as the first bridge to cross the Thames west of London Bridge and as the first bridge to use a cast-iron arch.
The starting point for the Boat Race is a historical spot, believe it or not, it's actually very old. The first race was held in 1829, which crossed Putney Lower Common and the full. Cost: Free. I have marked a new 6 lane road bridge linking Kingston and Hampton which was opened in 2014, replacing the old two lane bridge on the left on this screen capture. It carries the A308 road, and marks the boundary between Richmond upon Thames and Surrey.
Update 2014: Was pleased to receive a tweet from @Richmond_Bridge informing me they had added the blog to their Twitter feed. I'll admit I panicked a little, and worried about whether they'd appreciate being used for SEO purposes. Boy was I wrong. A lovely chap got in touch on Twitter and said it was fine to use it as long as I included a link to their website which I have done. Thanks very much @Richmond_Bridge ! It's lovely to know there are still so many nice people around :) And the hashtag.
Richmond Bridge was built under the direction of the man who recently completed Westminster Bridge and he followed a similar design. The cost of the bridge was met by a local brewer, Hugh Myddleton, who paid £15,000 for the construction as well as £500 per annum to maintain the bridge. The tolls levied ranged from a half penny for each pedestrian to five shillings for each horse-drawn carriage crossing. Ornamental features of Richmond Bridge include an Egyptian-style obelisk, the Love Token arch, and five weather houses.
At the top of the bridge, on the Isleworth (south) bank, is a set of sculptured lions that were added in 1774 at a cost of £150. They are copies of ones that were placed at the centre of London Bridge in 1632 over a hundred years before. Richmond Bridge strikes a majestic pose over the river as you drive down Richmond Hill on the way to the University of Richmond, which is located in the heart of Richmond.
It is one of only four bridges that span the tidal Thames along its 17-mile length between London and Teddington. This innovative bridge is the first in London to be symmetrical, which means pedestrians can cross it in either direction. These days, the area around Richmond Bridge is a popular spot for locals to stroll and unwind. Richmond Bridge. I had to have a bit of a google to find out what it’s called, despite having walked across it many times when I was living in Richmond.
Oh, I've been here before! Thats right, last year when Kevin and I were on a sunny bicycles trip along the Southbank. And why am I bringing this up? Because before we'd even read anything about the London Bridge (which was also closed for renovation), we thought it would be a good idea to find out if any of the bridges were worth visiting. We found a sign saying to take a walk across Southwark Bridge and when we did, we noticed something funny: that there was actually nothing at all to see at the other end of the bridge but grass.
Filled with enthusiasm, we headed back across it in the attempt to find what else there was to visit. Sure enough, in the middle of the bridge were. Rose, weary and worn out from her long walk, had just a little further to go before she reached her destination. Southwark Bridge. She could hear the roar of the crowds milling around in the river. Shakespeares Globe Theatre lay breathing distance away. Rose travelled all around the world, but there was nowhere else like London.
It was alive, energetic and enthralling. The south bank had always been a part of Roses life for as long as she could remember, it represented a chance to leave the troubled times behind her and forget all about them. Seated upon her usual park bench that overlooked the Thames banks and Southwark Bridge, Rosie breathed a heavy sigh of relief. Bridges are all very well, but in the vast majority of cases are completely useless.
This one probably had some strategic value at some point, but since then its only ever served to connect two areas with poor levels of interest. Its Southwark and the City — hardly a hotbed of culture and tourism. How often does anyone visit these areas on their own accord? Are there many tourists in the area who would be interested in snapping shots of the bridge for their holiday album? Would you bother? I certainly wouldn’t — if I wanted a picture of a bridge (which never happens) I would just take one of Tower Bridge or Blackfriars, both nearer to where I live.
Southwark Bridge is a bridge over the River Thames in an east-west direction in central London, and is designated part of the A3200. The bridge lies between Waterloo Bridge to the west and Blackfriars Railway Bridge (demolished) and Blackfriars Bridge to the east. It connects Bank junction at its north end with Southwark Bridge Road on the south. It takes its name from the southern district of Southwark, across the river. Southwark Bridge is a road carrying the A2 road over the River Thames in London, England.
Renovations were completed in 2007, at which time the bridge was given Grade II listed building status. It is a rare example of an early concrete design, a technique championed by Ayrton but which was not extensively used elsewhere in the UK. The location just above Teddington Lock and the arrangement of the bridge's structural supports below the deck make it unique. The bridge is a well-known landmark on this busy stretch of the river, which is part of London's World Heritage Site.
Bridge building on this site began in 1746, and a wooden bridge with a drawbridge was built. The current structure was designed by Ayrton in the mid-1920s. H. M. Hammond & Partners took over the construction at that point until it was completed in 1927, at which time the Corporation of London handed it over to the Metropolitan Borough of Richmond upon Thames to maintain. The first bridge on the site was the wooden Twickenham Ferry, which was replaced in 1809 by a 46m (150ft) long toll bridge designed by James Paine (who also designed Richmond Bridge).
The toll charge of one penny earned Paine £13,000. This bridge was replaced by the current structure in 1952. Twickenham bridge serves as a landmark to both localsand travellers, and is an important thoroughfare for motor traffic, cyclists and pedestrians connecting Richmond and St. Margarets in the west with Twickenham in the east. Twickenham Bridge is one of London’s most important road bridges, carrying the A316 across the River Thames. It links Richmond with Twickenham, where it joins the A307; and Barnes, where it connects with the A308.
Vauxhall Bridge was opened for traffic on 10th February 1816. Its unique design is based on an earlier bridge at Walton Bridges over the River Thames. It was designed by James Walker (who would later redesign Waterloo Bridge) and his son, also named James Walker. The design replaced a ferry at Pimlico which was often subject to overcrowding and obstruction due to its narrow width. The bridge spans 88 feet with a width of 50 feet, and its construction cost nearly £17,000.
I can remember as a child growing up in London walking past Vauxhall Bridge countless times. Yet somehow, I never took the time to actually go over it. It was nothing more than a red and yellow bridge on my journey from one side of London to another. In fact, I grew up so close to the bridge, I didn’t even need to go over it. If I needed anything from the other side of the river I could easily walk around the Thames and get whatever it was I needed.
The Vauxhall Bridge was opened to the public in 1906. It was built as a replacement for the original bridge which was demolished. The new bridge was nearly thrown away due to its poor construction but it survived and became an iconic symbol of London's culture. There are many notable statues above the bridge, including one of Napoleon on top of a tall column celebrating his defeat at Waterloo. Vauxhall Bridge is a Grade II listed steel and granite deck arch bridge in central London.
It crosses the River Thames in a south-westerly direction, close to the Victoria Embankment and Vauxhall Station. The original bridge was designed by engineer Sir Alexander Binnie and architect Thomas Leverton Donaldson, and was completed in 1816. Vauxhall Bridge. This red-and-yellow bridge designed by Sir Alexander Binnie links Pimlico on the north bank of the Thames with Vauxhall, a major south London interchange, on the south bank. The current bridge was built between 1985 and 1993.
Wandsworth Bridge. The current Wandsworth Bridge was opened in 1940. To camouflage it from air raids, it was painted in shades of blue. While the bridge is one of the busiest in London, carrying more than 50,000 vehicles a day, it has been described as probably the least noteworthy bridge in the city. The Wandsworth Bridge in London is one of those oddities that seem to stand out as you drive past it, an almost normality �"but then the penny drops.
It�s an unusual bridge: not just because it is excitingly surrounded by trees, but because it isn’t really in the middle of nowhere. Wandsworth borough is a suburb of south west London that lies just north of the River Thames. It includes areas like Balham and Tooting, both well known for their art deco homes and diverse ethnic make-up, but it also includes more recent council estates such as King's Park Estate. There is little else in the vicinity of the Thames which reflects its history quite like Wandsworth Bridge.
In 1875 it was suggested that a bridge was needed to take the extra load from the traffic passing over London Bridge. The suggestion won a competition of designs and one of the winners was John Rennie who came up with a suspension bridge design. This plan was rejected due to a lack of finance and the intervention of ‘Waterloo Bridge for All’, a pressure group led by Samuel Smiles which formed as campaigning body to defeat the plans for a toll bridge.
In the early 1940s, many people were in favour of building another new Waterloo Bridge, but surveys found that almost all were in favour of widening the present bridge, and the congestion caused by parked vehicles made construction of an extra deck impossible. Although there were a series of peaks and troughs, the London Bridge (built in the 12th century) stood for 600 years before being demolished in 1832 to make way for the current bridge.
The bridge is made of granite and limestone and has five stone arches (a few more have been added since while many have been filled with concrete due to sinking). The current bridge is made up of three spans and built in deck-stiffener reinforced concrete (a mix of reinforced concrete with steel bars). This was the largest structure of its kind at the time. It is now a Grade II listed building. The unusual name comes from Anglo-Saxon wænd 'turn'and worþ 'worthy'(earlier form: wæd-worþ).
Go to Westminster Bridge? Perfect. This is one of the most popular London pictures: so many iconic destinations like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye are all nearby. And if you want some amazing artistic snaps there is Westminster Hall in Westminster Palace, and also the Houses of Parliament at either end of the bridge. History will tell you that the Prince Regent, later George IV was so impressed when he saw it for the first time, he told Thomas Page: ‘You should be very proud that I have seen your bridge.
’ The pedestrian walkways were added only in 1926, when the Houses of Parliament (which faces the bridge) had to be renovated. The bridge itself is a pedestrian area, at least on the north side where the iconic Houses of Parliament are. It's not so pedestrianised on the south bank, and you can walk right up to it for selfies, including from the Richard Rogers Lloyds building on the south bank. The bridge is also known as the.
Built between 1862-1864, Westminster Bridge was the first iron bridge constructed over the Thames. It has continued to perform well and has changed little since it’s completion. This grade II listed bridge is now part of a long main road that cuts through Westminster. In January 2013 the bridge was cleaned and restored to its original red colour, a decision that has been made regarding the colour of the bridge. It is the second bridge on the site.