Lambeth Suspension Bridge
By Anonymous , 1861

[Lambeth Suspension Bridge].

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Publication date: c.1861
  • Physical description: Watercolour on paper.
  • Dimensions: 240 by 600mm (9.5 by 23.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 12471


The first modern bridge at Lambeth was a suspension bridge, designed by Peter W. Barlow. Sanctioned by an Act of Parliament in 1860, it opened as a toll bridge in 1862, but doubts about its safety, coupled with its awkwardly steep approaches deterring horse-drawn traffic, meant it soon became used almost solely as a pedestrian crossing. It ceased to be a toll bridge in 1879 when the Metropolitan Board of Works assumed responsibility for its upkeep – it was by then severely corroded, and by 1910 it was closed to vehicular traffic.