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Chelsea Bridge, London
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Chelsea Bridge is a bridge over the River Thames in west London, connecting Chelsea on the north bank to Battersea on the south bank. There have been two Chelsea Bridges, on the site of what was an ancient ford.The first Chelsea Bridge was proposed in the 1840s as part of a major development of marshlands on the south bank of the Thames into the new Battersea Park. It was a suspension bridge intended to provide convenient access from the densely populated north bank to the new park. Although built and operated by the government, tolls were charged initially in an effort to recoup the cost of the bridge. Work on the nearby Chelsea Embankment delayed construction and so the bridge, initially called Victoria Bridge, did not open until 1857. Although well-received architecturally, as a toll bridge it was unpopular with the public, and Parliament felt obliged to make it toll-free on Sundays. The bridge was less of a commercial success than had been anticipated, partly because of competition from the newly built Albert Bridge nearby. It was acquired by the Metropolitan Board of Works in 1877, and the tolls were abolished in 1879.The bridge was narrow and structurally unsound, leading the authorities to rename it Chelsea Bridge to avoid the Royal Family's association with a potential collapse. In 1926 it was proposed that the old bridge be rebuilt or replaced, due to the increased volume of users from population growth, and the introduction of the automobile. It was demolished during 1934–1937, and replaced by the current structure, which opened in 1937.
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  • It was wonderful to sail under this lovely suspension bridge again on a recent cruise from Westminster to Kew. Another good way to view it is from trains crossing the very close-by Grosvenor railway b...  more »
  • Day is a regular bridge-not as legendary as London, not the Center, like Westminster, not so beautiful and known as the Tower, but at night due to the illumination of the bridge looks luxurious. The bridge leads directly in Battersea Park.
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  • Chelsea bridge is east side of Battersea Park and north side is just beside the Lister Hospital and on the Battersea side has a fantastic Burger bar that's open for most the part of the day and is fan...  more »
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  • I was upset when someone had jimmied our little Micra door open and bent the door in the process. However, my faith was restored in humanity when the lovely bunch of people at Chelsea Bridge Autocentre fitted us in almost immediately. They managed to bend the door back and they didn't even charge us. Would highly recommend!
  • We have been using the Chelsea Bridge Autocentre for our two cars for years and could not speak highly enough of the service we have experienced. From a quick change of tyres to car service and MOTs or just popping in for a change of bulb, it seems the staff and especially Fud will always try their hardest to help. Highly recommended.
  • I have often used Chelsea Bridge Autocentre for MOT, service and minor repairs. They have always been quick, friendly, reliable and given me good advice.
  • Quite simply the best garage I have ever used ! We have been using them for the last 2 years for MOT, servicing, tyres, advice, anything ! They are always so helpful, speedy and trustworthy. No job is too small and you always feel like their most important customer !
  • Quick efficient and opposite the Dogs Home: I'm almost reluctant to spread the word about Chelsea Bridge Autocentre but feel I must pass on the 2016 good cheer: If you are buying tyres anywhere else you are paying too much .... and if you are buying from a main dealer, pass on the saving over the road and feed a handful of hounds till September.