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American Tour of London
American Tour of London

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

22nd May 1970 Born today: Naomi Campbell, London England, model/actress (Cool as Ice, Unzipped)

22nd May 1963 A C Milan wins 8th Europe Cup 1 at London

22nd May 1950 Richard Strauss' 4 Last Songs (4 letzte Lieder) in London

Albert Bridge's Trembling Lady



Albert Bridge's Trembling Lady

The West London bridge lighting up Absolute Beginner's.

Location: Chelsea

Description: The Albert Bridge is a Grade II* listed road bridge over the River Thames connecting Chelsea on the north bank to Battersea on the south bank. It was designed and built by Rowland Mason Ordish in 1873 (OrdishLefeuvre Principle modified cable-stayed bridge) but 11 years later it's design flaws were corrected by Sir Joseph Bazalgette. Further concrete piers were added in 1973 to make it stronger still.

Built as a toll bridge, but withdrawn 6 years later, the tollbooths remained in place however, and are the only surviving examples of bridge tollbooths in London.

Nicknamed 'The Trembling Lady' because of its tendency to vibrate when large numbers of people walked over it, signs at the entrances warn troops from the nearby Chelsea Barracks to break step while crossing the bridge. A real precursor to the Millenium Bridge!

In 1992 the bridge got a makeover to make it more conspicuous in poor visibility, and avoid collisions with shipping. At night it is illuminated by 4,000 low-voltage bulbs, making it one of West London's most striking landmarks.

It can be seen in films Absolute Beginners, Sliding Doors and Maybe Baby.


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Albert Bridge's Trembling Lady

The West London bridge lighting up Absolute Beginner's.


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