Video: An Animated Timeline Of London's Bridges

Geoff Marshall
By Geoff Marshall Last edited 40 months ago
Video: An Animated Timeline Of London's Bridges

If like us, the Garden Bridge being given the go-ahead got you pondering the recent history of London's bridges, then this is for you. We did some digging and have compiled our research into an easy-to-follow animation.

For the sake of brevity, we've focussed on the central area of London and didn't go further west than Battersea Bridge (nor east of Tower Bridge to include the QEII bridge at Dartford). However, for those who are keen on an even broader view: Wandsworth bridge was first built in 1873 (and rebuilt in 1940); Putney Bridge was first opened in 1729 (which was before Westminster bridge in the video) but then rebuilt in 1886; Hammersmith Bridge was first constructed in 1827, and then rebuilt in 1887.

Chiswick Bridge has also been around since 1933, and Kew Bridge since 1903.

(And if you're wondering what is the point of the Garden Bridge — we asked that too.)

Featured image of Blackfriars Bridge by Tomasz Kulbowski via the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last Updated 10 January 2015


And is there not a proposed cycle-footbridge between Battersea and Chelsea (Harbour)?

Gillian Lawrence

very good

Clive Raymond

Does not include bridges built during the war and taken down afterwards.


Following the recent works, Blackfriars railway bridge is now one of my favourite (if draftiest) places on the river. The ability to exit on either bank of the river is priceless.


You missed the ancient bridge at Vauxhall that came before London Bridge...


Correction for your summary below the video ... Chiswick Bridge was built in 1933 not 1993!