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Blackfriars Railway Bridge

Blackfriars Railway Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 9, 2018

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Thameslink, Blackfriars Station) Over River Thames
London: Greater London, England: United Kingdom
Structure Type
Metal Hingeless Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1886 By Builder/Contractor: Lucas and Aird and Engineer/Design: John Wolfe-Barry and Henry Marc Brunel
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
190.0 Feet (57.9 Meters)
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
5 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This wrought iron arch bridge has the appearance of a cast iron arch bridge, but it is not, as a closer inspection will reveal the all-riveted wrought iron construction. This bridge used to sit next to another older railway bridge, which was demolished in 1985. The piers of this companion bridge were left in place and remain next to the bridge. These abandoned piers are Grade II listed. This extant railway bridge was altered in recent years when its deck was turned into a part of Blackfriars Station.

Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings (For Abandoned Piers Next To This Bridge)

Listed At: Grade II


List Entry Number: 1376596

SOUTHWARK BLACKFRIARS ROAD Southern abutment to former West Blackfriars and St Paul's Rail Bridge GV II

Abutment. 1862-64. By Joseph Cubitt. For the London, Chatham and Dover Railway Company. Abutments of stone faced with Portland stone from Charles Labelye's Westminster Bridge of 1738-49. HISTORICAL NOTE: built for the London, Chatham and Dover Railway Company to support the line on the Beckenham to Ludgate Hill route. As the bridge was to form part of the company's Blackfriars Station it was given good cast-iron ornament; the large shields flanking the way on the Southwark side bear the company's crest and title in full. These were restored c1990. The abutment to the south shore falls within the London Borough of Southwark. Joseph Cubitt designed Blackfriars Road Bridge to the west (see City of London), and with it this forms a group.


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