Royal Albert Bridge
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Name Albert Bridge, London
Design Rowland Mason Ordish
Contractor Andrew Handyside & Co.
When 1873, strengthened 1884, 1973
Where Central London
Latitude N 51 28' 57"
Longitude W 0 10' 01'
Why Road bridge over the River Thames between Chelsea and Battersea.
Overall type Hanging bridge with suspension cables and wrought iron stays.
In 1857 Ordish patented his system to combat dynamic movements with the catenary cables and the stays each taking a proportion of the loads.
Width 12.5 m.
Length 216.7 m.
Main span 137.2 m. but central supports were added in 1973 and 2 ton weight limit imposed.
Height of tower 21 m.
Materials Cables:The original wire ropes were repalced by steel link chains in 1884
Stays: Flat wrought iron bars
References Smith D, "Civil Engineering Heritage: London and Thames Valley", Thomas Telford, London, 2001
Greater London Council, "Report on the condition and proposed remedial works for Albert Bridge", London, 1970
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