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Westminster Bridge

Westminster Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 9, 2018

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
A302 (Westminster Bridge Road) Over River Thames
Location
London: Greater London, England: United Kingdom
Structure Type
Metal Hingeless Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1862 By Builder/Contractor: Thomas Page and Engineer/Design: Thomas Page

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2007
Main Span Length
130 Feet (39.6 Meters)
Structure Length
820 Feet (249.9 Meters)
Roadway Width
48 Feet (14.63 Meters)
Spans
7 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is famous as the bridge that sits in the shadow of Parliament and Big Ben. The load-bearing arches of this bridge, as configured today, are a most unusual arrangement. The center (crown) of the arch features riveted steel/iron beams, while the rest of the arches are composed of cast iron. It is not known if this is an original detail or the result of a repair.

 The bridge has the appearance of an all-cast iron arch bridge because of the decorative cast iron fascia it includes, which hides the half-riveted arches described above. The cast iron fascia arches on this bridge, while a copy of the original design, are not original in terms of materials, they are replica replacements that were placed on the bridge in a major 2005-2007 rehabilitation. The bridge's Gothic detailing was designed by Charles Barry (the architect of the Palace of Westminster complex).

Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings

Listed At: Grade II*

Discussion:

List Entry Number: 1066172 and 1081058

TQ 3079 NW CITY OF WESTMINSTER VICTORIA EMBANKMENT SW1 92/43 Westminster Bridge 5.2.70 GV II* Road bridge. 1862, by Thomas Page. Cast iron with piers and abutments of grey granite. Gothic detailing in keeping with Houses of Parliament. 7 segmental girder arches, cast iron pierced work panelled spandrels with shields and Gothic pierced work balustrades to parapets with the dies surmounted by Tudor-Gothic cast iron lampstandards with twin bracketed octagonal lanterns and crowning lantern - all with gilded finials. Eastern half in London Borough of Lambeth.


This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Cast Iron

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