A pictorial guide to the River Thames

London - Albert Bridge

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Albert Bridge is London's prettiest bridge. It spans the River Thames from Chelsea to Battersea in London and was named in memory of Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Prince Consort (husband) to Queen Victoria.

Albert Bridge
Albert Bridge
   

A 1864 Act of Parliament authorised the construction of a bridge but there were long delays before it was opened to traffic in 1873.

Albert Bridge
Looking back upstream

Albert Bridge
Albert Bridge
 
 

At each end of the bridge is a notice instructing the soldiers of nearby Chelsea Barracks to break step when marching over the bridge.  It is thought that the vibrations caused by marching in step would damage the delicate structure.

Over Albert Bridge
Hut on Albert Bridge
Troops Albert Bridge
 
 

Albert Bridge is the only Central London bridge never to have been replaced.

Floodlit photo of Albert Bridge

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