HAMMERSMITH BRIDGE, Barnes, Greater London. This decorative suspension bridge is seen here from the riverbank. It was built in 1887, designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette, the distinguished civil engineer who was also responsible for Londons sewage system as well as a number of other bridges. Photographed by Henry Taunt in 1895
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print takes us back in time to the late 19th century, capturing the grandeur of Hammersmith Bridge in Barnes, Greater London. Designed by the renowned civil engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette, this decorative suspension bridge stands as a testament to his engineering brilliance. Built in 1887, it not only served as a vital transportation link but also added an exquisite touch to the city's architectural landscape. The photograph, expertly captured by Henry Taunt in 1895, showcases Hammersmith Bridge from a picturesque riverbank perspective. The intricate details of its Victorian design are beautifully highlighted against the backdrop of serene waters and lush greenery. It is fascinating to imagine how this majestic structure must have mesmerized passersby over a century ago. Sir Joseph Bazalgette's legacy extends far beyond just bridges; he was also responsible for revolutionizing London's sewage system during that era. This remarkable feat further underscores his ingenuity and dedication towards improving urban infrastructure. As we gaze upon this stunning image today, we are transported back to an era where craftsmanship and attention to detail were paramount. This print serves as both a historical artifact and a visual reminder of our city's rich heritage. Let it inspire us to appreciate and preserve these architectural marvels that continue to grace our modern-day landscapes with their timeless beauty
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