Hammersmith Bridge; 2009
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actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Hammersmith Bridge; 2009

Torla Evans

© Museum of London

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Hammersmith Bridge is a crossing of the River Thames in west London, just south of the Hammersmith town centre .It allows road traffic and pedestrians to cross to Barnes on the south side of the river. The current bridge is the second permanent bridge on the site.
The construction of a bridge was first sanctioned by an Act of Parliament in 1824 and work on site began the following year. It was the Thames’ first suspension bridge and was designed by William Tierney Clark.
By the 1870s Hammersmith Bridge was not strong enough to support the weight of heavy traffic.
The current suspension bridge was designed Sir Joseph Bazalgette and rests on the same pier foundations constructed for Tierney Clark’s structure. The new bridge was built by Dixon, Appleby & Thorne. It was opened by the Prince of Wales on 11 June 1887.





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