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Lambeth Suspension Bridge

Title
[Lambeth Suspension Bridge].
Author
[Anonymous]
Publication date
[c.1861].
Dimensions
240 by 600mm (9.5 by 23.5 inches).
Price
£3,000
Reference
12471

Description

Watercolour on paper.

Notes

The first modern bridge at Lambeth was a suspension bridge, designed by Peter W. Barlow. Sanctioned by an Act of Parliament in 1860, it opened as a toll bridge in 1862, but doubts about its safety, coupled with its awkwardly steep approaches deterring horse-drawn traffic, meant it soon became used almost solely as a pedestrian crossing. It ceased to be a toll bridge in 1879 when the Metropolitan Board of Works assumed responsibility for its upkeep – it was by then severely corroded, and by 1910 it was closed to vehicular traffic.