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Battersea Bridge

Battersea Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 9, 2018

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
A3220 (Battersea Bridge and Beaufort Street) Over River Thames
London: Greater London, England: United Kingdom
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1890 By Builder/Contractor: John Mowlem and Company of London, England and Engineer/Design: Joseph Bazalgette
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Main Span Length
163.0 Feet (49.7 Meters)
Structure Length
725.5 Feet (221.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
5 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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This is, as a multi-span structure, a large surviving example of a cast iron deck arch, although also a later example with an 1890 construction date. The spandrel walls have ornamental details that are highlighted by the arrangement of paint color on the bridge. The bridge retains good historic integrity, including the fact that the interior arch ribs remain original as cast iron arch ribs and have not been replaced with steel ribs, as has been the case with some cast iron arch bridges in the UK.

Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings

Listed At: Grade II


List Entry Number: 1080752

By J W Bazalgette 1890. Of 5 spans of unequal radii rising to a distinct central apex. The cutwaters of the piers are stone-faced with channelled rustication. Each pier supports a stone pilaster rising to road level. Wrought iron spans spring from the piers, their outer margins swept back in concave section and ribbed. The spandrels carry iron panels with foliated decoration in flat relief. Above the spans a cornice breaking round the stone pilasters marks the line of the road. It supports above each pilaster a stone pedestal with swept cornice and between each 2 pedestals an iron balustrade. This is composed of coupled colonnettes from which spring stilted arches.


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