Putney Bridge

Bridge in/near Putney, existing between 1729 and now

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Putney Bridge, 1793, by J. Farington. This view shows a squared-rigged 'West Country' barge, fishermen netting for salmon and erosion of the riverbank.
Credit: J. Farington

Putney Bridge is a bridge crossing of the River Thames in west London, linking Putney on the south side with Fulham to the north.

Construction of a bridge was first sanctioned by an Act of Parliament in 1726. Built by local master carpenter Thomas Phillips to a design by architect Sir Jacob Acworth, the first bridge was opened in November 1729, to become the only bridge between London Bridge and Kingston Bridge at the time. A toll bridge, it featured tollbooths at either end of the timber-built structure.

In October 1795, Mary Wollstonecraft allegedly planned to commit suicide by jumping from the bridge because she returned from a trip to Sweden to discover that her lover was involved with an actress from London.

In 1845, the bridge was specified as the starting point of a changed course for the annual Oxford - Cambridge University Boat Race.

The bridge was badly damaged by the collision of a river barge in 1870.

Although part of the bridge was subsequently replaced, soon the entire bridge would be demolished and in 1886 it was replaced by the stone bridge that stands today.

The current bridge was designed by civil engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette as a five-span structure, built of stone and Cornish granite. (Joseph Bazalgette also designed London's sewerage system, and the Putney Bridge forms part of this system.) It was constructed by John Waddell of Edinburgh, whose tender of £240,433 was accepted on 15 April 1882. It is 210 metres long and 13 metres wide, and was opened by the Prince (later King Edward VII) and Princess of Wales on 29 May 1886.

The stone marking the downstream end of the Championship Course still used by the Boat Race, Wingfield Sculls and several major head races is now just upstream of the current bridge, but the bridge is still often incorrectly said to be the start of the Boat Race course.

In March 1953, British serial killer John Christie was finally arrested on Putney Bridge.

Putney Bridge is the only bridge in Britain to have a church at both ends: St. Mary's Church, Putney is located on the south bank and All Saints Church, Fulham on the north bank.

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Putney is a district in the London Borough of Wandsworth, situated 5 miles south-west of Charing Cross.

Putney was an ancient parish in the Brixton hundred of the county of Surrey.

For centuries, Putney was a place where Londoners came for leisure, to enjoy the open spaces and clean air. Londoners came to Putney to play games. According to John Locke, who writes, in 1679: "The sports of England for a curious stranger to see are horse-racing, hawking, hunting, and bowling; at Putney he may see several persons of quality bowling two or three times a week."

One regular visitor was Queen Elizabeth I who frequently visited Putney from 1579–1603, often visiting Mr John Lacy. She was said to "honour Lacy with her company more frequently than any of her subjects", often staying for two to three days.

Putney ferry was mentioned in the household accounts of Edward I (1272–1307): Robert the Ferryman of Putney and other sailors received 3/6d for carrying a great part of the royal family across the Thames and also for taking the king and his family to Westminster.

The first permanent bridge between Fulham and Putney was completed in 1729, and was the second bridge to be built across the Thames in London (after London Bridge).
The bridge was a wooden structure and lasted for 150 years, when in 1886 it was replaced by the stone bridge that stands today.

Putney station opened when the Nine Elms to Richmond line came into service on 27 July 1846

In 1855, Putney parish was included in the area of responsibility of the Metropolitan Board of Works and was grouped into the Wandsworth District. In 1889 the area was removed from Surrey and became part of the County of London. The Wandsworth District became the Metropolitan Borough of Wandsworth in 1900. Since 1965 Putney has formed part of the London Borough of Wandsworth.

All Saints CofE Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
All Saints’ CofE Primary School, Putney:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Allen House Independent School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 16.
Ashcroft Technology Academy:   Ashcroft Technology Academy is a state secondary school within the English academy programme. It accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18.
Barn Elms Sports Centre:   
Bishop’s Park:   
Brandlehow Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
East Putney:   East Putney is a London Underground station on the Wimbledon branch of the District line. The station was opened by the Metropolitan District Railway on 3 June 1889 on an extension from Putney Bridge station to Wimbledon. The extension was built by the London and South Western Railway (L&SWR) which, starting on 1 July 1889, ran its own trains over the line.
Fulham:   Fulham is an area of southwest London in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, SW6 (the successor to the Metropolitan Borough of Fulham) located nearly four miles south west of Charing Cross.
Fulham College Boys’ School:   Academy converter (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 19. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
Fulham Palace Children’s Centre:   This is a children’s centre.
Hotham Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Hurlingham School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Merlin School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 8. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Museum Of Fulham Palace:   
Oasis Academy Putney:   Academy sponsor led (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11.
Our Lady of Victories Catholic Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11.
Parsons Green Prep School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Putney:   Putney is a district in the London Borough of Wandsworth, situated 5 miles south-west of Charing Cross.
Putney Bridge:   Putney Bridge is a London Underground station on the Wimbledon branch of the District Line. The station is located in the south of Fulham, adjacent to Fulham High Street and New Kings Road and is a short distance from the north end of Putney Bridge from which it takes its name.
Putney High School:   Putney High School is an independent girls school. It admits students from the ages 4–18.
Putney Lower Common:   
Sinclair House School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 2 and 13. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
St Johns Walham Green Church of England Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St Joseph’s RC Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St Mary’s CofE Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
TBAP 16-19 Academic AP Academy:   Free schools 16 to 19 (16 plus) which accepts students between the ages of 16 and 19.
The Moat School:   Other independent special school which accepts students between the ages of 9 and 16. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Wandsworth Park:   

Fulham High Street (1895):   This view of Fulham High Street dates from the 1890s.
Fulham railway bridge (1897):   Fulham Railway Bridge carries the District Line across the River Thames.

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