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.With our international travel planner, London attractions like Chelsea Bridge can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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 1858. 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.
Chelsea Bridge Reviews
Built in 1937 over the River Thames connecting london city on the Victoria side to Chelsea Wharf & the old BattleSea power station( now under reconstruction for commercial n residential area) Worth vi... more »
One of the few disappointing bridges. Looks better at night as it covers the poor paintwork and state of repairs. Don’t go unless you are close by. more »
I love this bridge and especially the burger van on the Wandsworth side of the bridge after a good night out with a few beers 😆😝🍔🍔
Chelsea Bridge is another one of the most iconic London bridges over the river Thames connecting Chelsea with Battersea to the East.
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