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Albert Bridge, London

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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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  • A great bridge across the Thames that is best viewed at night from the river. Built in the 1870 it was a marvel of the time. A great suspension Bridge, but not really big enough for todays traffic.  more »
  • Albert Bridge is, arguably, the most elegant and romantic of all bridges across the Thames. It's a delicate wooden structure, so delicate, in fact, that warning notices on either side counsel against ...  more »
  • This is London's most stunning bridge across the River Thames linking Chelsea to Battersea. It was not the sturdiest of bridges thus it's nickname, The Trembling Lady and there is a sign at one end of...  more »
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  • Beautiful bridge at day or at night, fantastic view over London

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