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Old Chelsea Bridge (1858), site of
River Thames, Chelsea, London
associated engineer
Thomas Page
date  1858
UK era  Victorian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  TQ284778
ICE reference number  HEW 2341
The first Chelsea Bridge was a suspension bridge designed by Thomas Page, who had been resident engineer on the latter stages of the construction of the Thames Tunnel. It opened as a toll bridge in 1858.
The bridge was soon found to be inadequate for London traffic and was strengthened in 1863-64. It was further strengthened following its takeover by the Metropolitan Board of Works in 1879. By the 1920s a replacement was being seriously considered but the financial crisi of the time delayed action until the 1930s.
The present Chelsea Bridge is also a suspension bridge. Its designers, the engineering firm Rendel, Palmer & Tritton, took advantage of analytical techniques developed overseas and took a major step forward in British bridge practice. The bridge was the first self-anchored type suspension bridge in the country.
reference sources   CEH Lond

Old Chelsea Bridge (1858), site of