No. 586: Chelsea Bridge, SW1
Chelsea Bridge, London, SW1. Photo © Roger Dean 2012
The first bridge to span the Thames and link Chelsea to Battersea was completed in 1858 having taken seven years to construct. The present Chelsea Bridge replaced this earlier version and was officially opened in 1937. Today the bridge is painted predominately white, as can be seen in the photograph above, but it has a red trim and a purple balustrade. However, according to Chris Roberts in his book Cross River Traffic the colour scheme was a topic of debate in the letters page of The Times in the 1970’s when the bridge had a little to much Arsenal red about it for the Chelsea ‘Blues’ fans. R.D.