Double Decker buses travelling across Battersea Bridge; 2009

Torla Evans

Double Decker buses travelling across Battersea Bridge; 2009
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Double Decker buses travelling across Battersea Bridge.
Battersea Bridge is a cast iron and granite five-span cantilever bridge crossing the River Thames.
It is situated on a sharp bend in the river, and links Battersea south of the river with Chelsea to the north. The bridge replaced a ferry service that had operated near the site since at least the middle of the 16th century.
The first Battersea Bridge was a toll bridge commissioned by John, Earl Spencer, who had recently acquired the rights to operate the ferry.
In 1879 the bridge was taken into public ownership, and in 1885 demolished and replaced with the existing bridge, designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette and built by John Mowlem & Co.
It is the narrowest surviving road bridge over the Thames in London, it is one of London's least busy Thames bridges.

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