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The Bridge

Throughout its history Hampton Wick’s importance was largely due to the ability to cross the river here, initially by a ford, from the thirteenth century by a wooden bridge and from 1828 by a stone bridge. For long, the bridge was the only bridge between London Bridge and Staines.


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The old bridge. The original structure dated back to the late twelfth century.
The old bridge. The original structure dated back to the late twelfth century.
This extract from the Domesday Map of 1086 marks the ford that provided a river crossing between the Manor of Hampton Court and the important town of Kingston upon Thames from pre-Roman times.
This extract from the Domesday Map of 1086 marks the ford that provided a river crossing between the Manor of Hampton Court and the important town of Kingston upon Thames from pre-Roman times.
The new bridge was opened in 1828.
The new bridge was opened in 1828.
To pay for the construction and maintenance of the bridge, tolls were charged.
To pay for the construction and maintenance of the bridge, tolls were charged.
Celebrations on 12 March 1870 when the bridge was finally freed from tolls. A few days later, the toll gates were ceremonially burned at a massive party on Hampton Court Green.
Celebrations on 12 March 1870 when the bridge was finally freed from tolls. A few days later, the toll gates were ceremonially burned at a massive party on Hampton Court Green.
The original bridge was narrow.
The original bridge was narrow.
Work on the bridge widening during 1913
Work on the bridge widening during 1913
The doubled width of the bridge.
The doubled width of the bridge.
The bridge was again widened (and strengthened) 1998-2001. The new bridge sections were precast in a factory and assembled on site.
The bridge was again widened (and strengthened) 1998-2001. The new bridge sections were precast in a factory and assembled on site.