Bridges of London | A Pictorial Journey

A pictorial journey featuring the 36 Bridges of London which cross the River Thames from Hampton Court in the west to Dartford in the east.

Hampton Court Bridge

Black and White Photograph of Hampton Court Bridge by Martin Smith

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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Kingston Bridge

Black and White Photograph of Kingston Bridge by Martin Smith

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

Black and White Photo of Kingston Railway Bridge by Martin Smith

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).

See more pictures of Kingston Railway Bridge.

Teddington Lock Footbridge

Black and White Photo of Teddington Lock Bridge by Martin Smith

Teddington Lock Bridge

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.

See more pictures of Teddington Lock Footbridge.

Richmond Bridge

Black and White Photo of Richmond Bridge by Martin Smith

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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Richmond Railway Bridge

Black and White Photo of Richmond Railway Bridge by Martin Smith

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.

See more pictures of Fulham Railway Bridge.

Twickenham Bridge

Black and White photo of Twickenham Bridge by Martin Smith

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.

See more pictures of Twickenham Bridge.

Richmond Lock Footbridge

Black and White Photo of Richmond Lock Footbridge by Martin Smith

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.

See more pictures of Richmond Lock Footbridge.

Kew Bridge

Black and White Photo of Kew Bridge by Martin Smith

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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Kew Railway Bridge

Black and White Photo of Kew Railway Bridge by Martin Smith

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.

See more pictures of Kew Railway Bridge.

Chiswick Bridge

Black and White Photo of Chiswick Bridge by Martin Smith

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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Barnes Bridge

Black and White Photo of Barnes Railway Bridge by Martin Smith

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

Black and White Photo of Hammersmith Bridge by Martin Smith

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.

See more pictures of Hammersmith Bridge.

Putney Bridge

Black and White Photo of Putney Bridge by Martin Smith

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

Black and white photo of Fulham Railway Bridge by Martin Smith

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.

See more pictures of Fulham Railway Bridge.

Wandsworth Bridge

Black and White Photo of Wandsworth Bridge by Martin Smith

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.

See more pictures of Wandsworth Bridge.

Battersea Railway Bridge

Photo of Battersea Railway Bridge by Martin Smith

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.

See more pictures of Battersea Railway Bridge.

Battersea Bridge

Black and White Photo of Battersea Bridge by Martin Smith

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

Black and White Photo of Albert Bridge by Martin Smith

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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Chelsea Bridge

Black and White Photo of Chelsea Bridge by Martin Smith

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

Black and White photo of Grosvenor Bridge by Martin Smith

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.

See more pictures of Grosvenor Bridge.

Vauxhall Bridge

Black and White Photo of Vauxhall Bridge by Martin Smith

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

Black and White Photo of Lambeth Bridge by Martin Smith

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.

See more pictures of Lambeth Bridge.

Westminster Bridge

Black and White photograph of Westminster Bridge by Martin Smith

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

Black and White photo of Hungerford Bridge by Martin Smith

Hungerford 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.

See more pictures of Hungerford Bridge.

Golden Jubilee Bridges

Black and White Photo of Golden Jubilee Bridges by Martin Smith

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.

See more pictures of Golden Jubilee Bridges.

Waterloo Bridge

Black and White Photo of Waterloo Bridge by Martin Smith

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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Headless columns of LCDR Bridge

Black and White photo of Unfinised Bridge at Blackfriars by Martin Smith

Unfinised Bridge at Blackfriars

Opened: Never!

From / to: Nowhere!

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

See more pictures of the Unfinished Bridge.

Blackfriars Bridge

Black and White Photo of Blackfriars Bridge by Martin Smith

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.

See more pictures of Blackfriars Bridge.

Blackfriars Railway Bridge

Black and white photograph of Blackfriars railway bridge by Martin Smith

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.

See more pictures of Blackfriars Railway Bridge.

Millennium Bridge

Black and White Photo of Millennium Bridge by Martin Smith

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.

See more pictures of Millennium Bridge.

Southwark Bridge

Black and White Photo of Southwark Bridge by Martin Smith

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.

See more pictures of Southwark Bridge.

Cannon Street Railway Bridge

Black and White Photo of Cannon Street Railway Bridge by Martin Smith

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.

See more pictures of Cannon Street Railway Bridge.

London Bridge

Black and White Photo of London Bridge by Martin Smith

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.

See more pictures of London Bridge.

Tower Bridge

Black and White Photo of Tower Bridge by Martin Smith

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.

See more pictures of Tower Bridge.

Queen Elizabeth 2 Bridge

Black and White Photo of Queen Elizabeth 2 Bridge by Martin Smith

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).

See more pictures of QE 2 Bridge.

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