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Bridges of London | A Pictorial Journey

36 Bridges of London from Hampton Court in the west to Dartford in the east.

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Bridges of London illustration by Lis Watkins

Hampton Court Bridge

Opened: 1933

Length: 320 feet

From / to: Richmond Upon Thames (Hampton Court Palace) to Surrey (East Molesey)

About: The one by the Palace with three concrete spans and a brick finish.

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 Black and white photo of Hampton Court Bridge
 Black and white photo of Kingston Bridge

Kingston Bridge

Opened: 1828

Length: 382 feet

From / to: Richmond Upon Thames (Hampton Wick) to Kingston (Kingston)

About: The one with four stone pillars, five stone arches and decorative gas lamps.

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Kingston Railway Bridge

Opened: 1863

Length:

From / to: Richmond Upon Thames (Hampton Wick) to Kingston (Kingston)

About: The one with five arches yet only three of them are above the river. (The others span land).

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 Black and white photo of Kingston Railway Bridge
 Black and white photo of Teddington Lock Footbridge

Teddington Lock Footbridge

Opened: 1889

Length:

From / to: Richmond Upon Thames (Teddington) to Richmond Upon Thames (Ham)

About: The one that is actually two. A suspension bridge in the west and a steel truss bridge in the east.

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Richmond Bridge

Opened: 1777

Length: 280 feet

From / to: Richmond Upon Thames (St Margarets) to Richmond Upon Thames (Richmond)

About: The five arched bridge faced with Portland stone that links two parts of the same borough.

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 Black and white photo of Richmond Bridge
 Black and white photo of Richmond Railway Bridge

Richmond Railway Bridge

Opened: 1848

Length: 300 feet

From / to: Richmond Upon Thames (St Margarets) to Richmond Upon Thames (Richmond)

About: The yellow and green one with two stone pillars supporting three steel arches.

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Twickenham Bridge

Opened: 1933

Length: 280 feet

From / to: Richmond Upon Thames (St Margarets) to Richmond Upon Thames (Richmond)

About: The concrete one two piers, three arches and hinges to allow movement to adjust for changes in temperature.

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 Black and white photo of Twickenham Bridge
 Black and white photo of Richmond Lock Footbridge

Richmond Lock Footbridge

Opened: 1894

Length: 300 feet

From / to: Richmond Upon Thames (St Margarets) to Richmond Upon Thames (Richmond)

About: The ornate one that is actually two footbridges over Richmond lock and weir which handles up to six barges.

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Kew Bridge

Opened: 1903

Length: 360 feet

From / to: Hounslow (Brentford) to Richmond Upon Thames (Kew)

About: The one featuring shields of Middlesex and Surrey between three granite arches.

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 Black and white photo of Kew Bridge
 Black and white photo of Kew Railway Bridge

Kew Railway Bridge

Opened: 1869

Length: 575 feet

From / to: Hounslow (Chiswick) to Richmond Upon Thames (Mortlake)

About: The one with four iron columns supporting five lattice girder spans and two rail tracks.

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Chiswick Bridge

Opened: 1933

Length: 450 feet

From / to: Hounslow (Chiswick) to Richmond Upon Thames (Mortlake)

About: The ordinary looking one with three concrete arches.

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 Black and white photo of Chiswick Bridge
 Black and white photo of Barnes Railway Bridge

Barnes Railway Bridge

Opened: 1895

From / to: Hounslow (Chiswick) to Richmond Upon Thames (Barnes)

About: The urban tiered railway bridge built as three spans of bow string girders.

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Hammersmith Bridge

Opened: 1827

Length: 688 feet

From / to: Hammersmith and Fulham (Hammersmith) to Richmond Upon Thames (Castlenau)

About: London’s first suspension bridge over the river with two iron towers supporting steel suspension chains and the roadway below.

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 Black and white photo of Hammersmith Bridge
 Black and white photo of Putney Bridge

Putney Bridge

Opened: 1886

Length: 700 feet

From / to: Hammersmith and Fulham (Fulham) to Wandsworth (Putney)

About: The one comprising five giant arches that replaced the 1729 version.

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Fulham Railway Bridge

Opened: 1889

Length: 750 feet

From / to: Hammersmith and Fulham (Putney) to Richmond Upon Thames (East Putney)

About: The one with three pairs of cylinders supporting five lattice girders and two railway tracks.

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 Black and white photo of Fulham Railway Bridge
 Black and white photo of Wandsworth Bridge

Wandsworth Bridge

Opened: 1940

Length: 619 feet

From / to: Hammersmith and Fulham (Fulham) to Richmond Upon Thames (Castlenau)

About: The blue and white one with three cantilever spans.

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Battersea Railway Bridge

Opened: 1863

Length: 670 feet

From / to: Hammersmith and Fulham (Imperial Wharf) to Wandsworth (Clapham Junction)

About: The one made up of our stone river piers supporting five arches.

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 Black and white photo of Battersea Railway Bridge
 Black and white photo of Battersea Bridge

Battersea Bridge

Opened: 1890

Length: 670 feet

From / to: Kensington and Chelsea (Chelsea) to Wandsworth (Battersea)

About: The road bridge made up of seven arched ribs and decorative golden fascias.

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Albert Bridge

Opened: 1873

Length: 710 feet

From / to: Kensington and Chelsea (Chelsea) to Wandsworth (Battersea)

About: London’s prettiest bridge where suspension chains fan out from two ornamental towers. Especially beautiful at night.

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 Black and white photo of Albert Bridge
 Black and white photo of Chelsea Bridge

Chelsea Bridge

Opened: 1937

Length: 698 feet

From / to: Kensington and Chelsea (Chelsea) to Wandsworth (Battersea)

About: The one with two square towers supporting suspension chains with decorative lamp posts at both ends.

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Grosvenor Bridge

Opened: 1860

Length: 700 feet

From / to: Westminster to Wandsworth

About: The one by the power station where four wright iron spans support ten railway tracks.

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 Black and white photo of Grosvenor Bridge
 Black and white photo of Vauxhall Bridge

Vauxhall Bridge

Opened: 1906

Length: 779 feet

From / to: Westminster (Pimlico) to Lambeth (Vauxhall)

About: The first iron bridge over the river with four piers decorated by giant statues between five steel arches.

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Lambeth Bridge

Opened: 1932

Length: 776 feet

From / to: Westminster to Lambeth

About: The red one – to match the colours of the House of Lords – with five arches.

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 Black and white photo of Lambeth Bridge
 Black and white photo of Westminster Bridge

Westminster Bridge

Opened: 1862

Length: 748 feet

From / to: Westminster to Lambeth (South Bank)

About: The green one – to match the colours of the House of Commons – with seven wrought iron arches.

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Hungerford Railway Bridge

Opened: 1864

Length: 1352 feet

From / to: Westminster to Southwark (South Bank)

About: The one hidden by the Golden Jubilee Bridges with brick piers, cast iron cylinders, nine wrought iron girders and eight rail tracks.

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 Black and white photo of Hungerford Railway Bridge
 Black and white photo of Golden Jubilee Bridges

Golden Jubilee Bridges

Opened: 2002

Length: 325 metres

From / to: Westminster to Southwark (South Bank)

About: The pair of steel footbridges with pylons and rods – commemorating the golden jubilee of Queen Elizabeth 2 – that hide the Hungerford Railway Bridge.

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Waterloo Bridge

Opened: 1817

Length: 1200 feet

From / to: Westminster to Southwark (South Bank)

About: The concrete one with five flat concrete arches that vies with London Bridge as central London’s least attractive bridge.

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 Black and white photo of Waterloo Bridge
 Black and white photo of Kingston Bridge

Headless columns of LCDR Bridge

Opened: Never!

From / to: Nowhere!

About: The twelve headless columns in four rows to support a bridge that never was.

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Blackfriars Bridge

Opened: 1869

Length: 963 feet

From / to: City of London (Blackfriars) to Southwark

About: The one with St Pauls in the background with four polished granite columns supporting five wrought iron spans.

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 Black and white photo of Blackfriars Bridge
 Black and white photo of Blackfriars Railway Bridge

Blackfriars Railway Bridge

Opened: 1886

Length: 933 feet

From / to: City of London (Blackfriars) to Southwark

About: The one with five spans of wrought iron ribs that was refurbished between 2010 and 2014 to become the largest solar panel bridge in the world.

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Millennium Bridge

Opened: 2002

Length: 325 metres

From / to: City of London (Queenhithe) to Southwark (Bankside)

About: The pedestrian one that wobbles although not quite as much as it did when it opened in 2000.

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 Black and white photo of Millennium Bridge
 Black and white photo of Southwark Bridge

Southwark Bridge

Opened: 1921

Length: 1819

From / to: City of London (Queen Street) to Bankside Southwark)

About: The ornate one with four stone piers, five steel arches and decorative lighting.

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Cannon Street Railway Bridge

Opened: 1866

Length: 855 feet

From / to: City of London (Cannon Street) to Southwark

About: The one with cast iron columns supporting five spans of wrought iron girders and ten tracks leading to a victorian rail shed.

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 Black and white photo of Cannon Street Railway Bridge
 Black and white photo of London Bridge

London Bridge

Opened: 1973

Length: 860 feet

From / to: City of London (Monument) to Southwark

The concrete one with no decoration whose predecessor sits in Arizona, USA.

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Tower Bridge

Opened: 1894

Length: 380 feet

From / to: Tower Hamlets to Southwark

About: The one the whole world knows with two bascules, suspension chains and a central drawbridge to let tall ships through.

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 Black and white photo of Tower Bridge
 Black and white photo of Queen Elizabeth 2 Bridge

Queen Elizabeth 2 Bridge

Opened: 1991

Length: 812 metres

From / to: Thurrock in Essex to Dartford in Kent

About: The one that isn’t in London that became the longest cable supported bridge in Europe and carries traffic southbound only. (the Dartford Tunnel deals with northbound traffic).

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