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Old Battersea Bridge, London BB82_13057

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Filename: bb99_11042_bb82_13057 montage.jpg

Size: 11430 x 4583 (17.3MB)

Date: 25th October 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

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Old Battersea Bridge, London BB82_13057

OLD BATTERSEA BRIDGE, London. The timber bridge of 1771-2, photographed here from the tower of Chelsea Old Church, was built by John Philips under the direction of Henry Holland. A new bridge was opened in 1890. Photographed circa 1860 - montage

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EDITORS COMMENTS
Old Battersea Bridge, London: A Glimpse into the Past This photograph captures the Old Battersea Bridge in London, as it once stood before the construction of its modern-day successor. The image, taken circa 1860, offers a glimpse into the urban landscape of Victorian England. The Old Battersea Bridge, built between 1771 and 1772, was the brainchild of John Philips, under the supervision of Henry Holland. The timber bridge spanned the River Thames, connecting the bustling areas of Battersea and Chelsea. Its construction marked an essential milestone in the development of London's transportation infrastructure. In this photograph, the bridge is depicted from the tower of Chelsea Old Church. The bridge's intricate design, with its arches and supporting structures, stands proudly against the backdrop of the River Thames. The water's gentle flow adds a sense of tranquility to the scene, contrasting the industrial hustle and bustle of the surrounding urban environment. The Old Battersea Bridge served the people of London faithfully for over a century, but its time came to an end in 1890 when a new bridge was opened. This photograph, preserved by Historic England Archive, offers a valuable record of London's history and the evolution of its infrastructure. The Old Battersea Bridge is a testament to the ingenuity and determination of the Victorians, who built the bridge to connect their city and improve the lives of its residents. This photograph invites us to reflect on the past and appreciate the rich history that continues to shape London today.

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