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Victoria Railway Bridge

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The first bridge on the site was built by the Victoria Station and Pimlico Railway, (a consortium of the London Brighton and South Coast Railway, the London, Chatham and Dover Railway, the Great Western Railway and the London and North Western Railway) in 1858-60 to carry trains into Victoria station; it was the first railway bridge across the Thames in central London. This bridge was designed by John Fowler. Construction was supervised by William Wilson. Contractor was John Kelk; iron work by Bray and Waddington; wrought iron supplied by Monk Bridge Iron Co; cross-girders and angle irons were supplied by the Butterley Co [1] Also known as Grosvenor Bridge.

1862 The extension of Victoria Railway Station designed by Charles Fox included a new bridge to be built alongside the original one. In the event the requirements for new lines meant that the new bridge was built as an extension of the existing one. Design was by Fox and Edmund Wragge, contractors were Messrs Peto, Betts and Crampton, Messrs Lucas Brothers and W. and J. Pickering; Mr J. Heywood junior executed the ironwork for the Brighton company[2]. However, another source states that Ormerod, Grierson and Co of Manchester supplied and erected the ironwork. [3]. The width was increased by 98 ft to 132 ft. Wrought iron arch ribs were used for the river spans, and wrought iron plate girders for the land spans. The spandril filling over the arch ribs comprised members of wrought iron angle and T-section. The cross beams of the deck were I-section beams 12" deep, rolled by the Butterley Co.

c.1867 bridge opened

The bridges were rebuilt in steel in 1963–67, the original piers now being encased in concrete. See Grosvenor Bridge.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1867/12/13
  2. The Engineer 1867/12/13
  3. [1] Engineering, 31 Aug 1866