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Richmond Bridge is an 18th-century stone arch bridge that crosses the River Thames at Richmondconnecting the two halves of the present-day London Borough of Richmond upon Richmond bridge london.

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It was designed by James Paine and Kenton Couse. The bridge, which is a Grade I listed[1] was built between Richmond bridge londonas a replacement for a ferry crossing which connected Richmond town centre on the east Richmond bridge london with its neighbouring district of East Twickenham to the west. Its construction was privately funded by a tontine scheme, for which tolls were charged until Because the river meanders from its general west to east direction, flowing from southeast to northwest in this part of London, what would otherwise be known as the north and south banks are often referred to as the "Middlesex" Twickenham and "Surrey" Richmond Richmond bridge london respectively, named after the historic counties to which each side once belonged.

The bridge was widened and slightly flattened in —40, but otherwise still conforms to its original design.

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The eighth Thames bridge to be built in what is now Greater Londonit is today the oldest surviving Thames bridge in London.

After it was destroyed by fire inHenry VII built a new palace on the site, naming it Richmond Palace after his historic title of Earl of Richmondand the central part of Sheen became known as Richmond bridge london. Although a ferry had almost certainly existed at the site of the present-day bridge since Norman times, [5] the earliest known crossing of the river at Richmond dates from Richmond bridge london In the 18th century Richmond and neighbouring Twickenham on the opposite bank of the Thames, both of which were distant from London but enjoyed efficient transport links to the city via the river, became extremely fashionable, and their populations began Richmond bridge london grow rapidly.

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The plans for a wooden bridge proved unpopular, and in the Richmond Bridge Act was passed by Parliament, selecting 90 commissioners, including landscape architect Lancelot "Capability" Brownhistorian and politician Horace Walpole and playwright and actor David Garrickto oversee the construction of a stone bridge Richmond bridge london the site of the ferry.

Richmond bridge london Act specified that the bridge was to be built on the site of the existing ferry "or as much lower down the river as the Commission can settle".

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The approach to the river was relatively flat, avoiding the steep slope to Richmond bridge london existing ferry pier on the Surrey bank. However, the Dowager Duchess of Newcastle refused to allow the approach road on the Middlesex bank to pass through her land at Twickenham Park[14] and the commission was forced to build on the site of the ferry, despite a steep 1 in 16 6.

On the death of a shareholder their share of Richmond bridge london dividend was divided among the surviving shareholders.

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Construction began on 23 August There was no formal opening ceremony, and little initial recorded public reaction. Severe penalties were imposed for vandalising the bridge.

The Richmond Bridge Act specified that the punishment for "willful or malicious damage" to the bridge should be Richmond bridge london to one of His Majesty's Colonies in America for the space of seven years". A warning against damage can still be seen on the milestone at the Surrey end of the bridge. In the first railway line reached Richmond.

Richmond Gasworks opened inand Richmond began to develop into a Richmond bridge london town.


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