“Another week, another bridge! This week we’re heading down to Chelsea for the Albert Bridge. This one really does have quite an interesting history to it. It’s one of only two bridges on the Thames in central London not to have been replaced.
That’s not to say that it got off to much of a better start in life. The bridge was upgraded twice in it’s life to make it more sturdy, and as such has become a hybrid of three types of bridge.
What we need to know is that it’s bright and colourful (so as to be noticed by passing river traffic and not bumped into,) and is more so at night when it’s light show comes in to effect. It’s certainly the peacock of Thames bridges.
The bridge is Grade II listed and is in a sorry state of repair structurally. Apparently it’s not all down to road traffic; dogs relieving themselves on the way to nearby Battersea Park have apparently been weakening the timbers with their wee.”