It is hard to believe another year has ended. For the first time I am looking back over my travels, thinking about what was achieved, what I hoped to do and what I didn’t complete.
Follow my blog with Bloglovin ‘Battersea Bridge, a wretched impediment of wood, has about eighty years of existence to answer for as an obstacle in the way of our river navigation..’, says Mr Bradshaw. The bridge, also known as Chelsea Bridge, … Continued
The Albert Bridge no.1 was commissioned in 1864 but only completed in 1873. Prince Albert had suggested a new bridge would ease the congestion on the Chelsea Bridge and relieve the pressure on the shaky Battersea Bridge. London was expanding … Continued
At Chelsea Bridge the Thames was apparently so shallow that it could be forded, and some say that Caesar’s troops crossed here. When the first bridge was built workmen found Celtic and Roman remains, and the Battersea Shield, but I can’t find any … Continued
‘..The Victoria Railway Bridge … is one of the most satisfactory bridges spanning the Thames…’, says Mr Bradshaw. ‘…Built on three stone piers, its noble iron arches have an appearance of strength and elegance which, with its level road, make it … Continued
After Vauxhall Bridge ‘…The river now introduces us to various interesting objects in rapid succession. To the right lie the new streets, stretching forth towards the modern elegant region of Belgravia and exhibiting evidence of the wealth and station of the … Continued
There was an obvious need to cross the Thames from Westminster Palace to Lambeth Palace and this was done by ferry. There were ferries for pedestrians, and ferries for horses and carriages, and it was a lucrative trade for the Watermen, who unsurprisingly … Continued
After Hungerford Bridge Mr Bradshaw directs us to ‘..[pass] the mansions in Whitehall Gardens, among which that of the late Sir Robert Peel is prominently distinguishable, [and] to next pass under the arches of Westminster Bridge..’ Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850) lived at … Continued