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Albert Bridge, London

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
The Albert Bridge is a road bridge over the River Thames in West London, connecting Chelsea on the north bank to Battersea on the south bank. Designed and built by Rowland Mason Ordish in 1873 as an Ordish–Lefeuvre system modified cable-stayed bridge, it proved to be structurally unsound, so between 1884 and 1887 Sir Joseph Bazalgette incorporated some of the design elements of a suspension bridge. In 1973 the Greater London Council added two concrete piers, which transformed the central span into a simple beam bridge. As a result, today the bridge is an unusual hybrid of three different design styles. It is an English Heritage Grade II* listed building.Built as a toll bridge, it was commercially unsuccessful. Six years after its opening it was taken into public ownership and the tolls were lifted. The tollbooths remained in place and are the only surviving examples of bridge tollbooths in London. Nicknamed "The Trembling Lady" because of its tendency to vibrate when large numbers of people walked over it, the bridge has signs at its entrances that warned troops to break step whilst crossing the bridge.
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  • I hadn't walked or driven over this unusual historic Victorian bridge for some time so it was a pleasure to admire it 'up close and personal' again when sailing under it on a recent cruise to Kew from...  read more »
  • I've spotted the Albert Bridge from a distance, and decided on a recent trip to London to go and see it. It is best viewed at sunset and night time as it is illuminated. The nearest Tube Station is So...  read more »
  • This road bridge connects Chelsea and Battersea. Opened in 1873, it is a wonderfully ornate Victorian structure, the like of which you don't often see these days. Note the notice to troops on the gate...  read more »
  • Very nice place to visit, especially when the bridge lights come on! Directly opposite the bridge is a Mercedes Benz car sales building with all the latest cars on show. Worth a look too ;)
  • Very nice and romantic
  • fantastic night view!!
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