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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th January 1973 Born today: Crispian Mills, London, vocalist/guitarist (Kula Shaker)
18th January 1950 Christopher Fry's Venus Observed, premieres in London
18th January 1884 General Charles Gordon departs London for Khartoum
Albert Bridge's Trembling Lady
The West London bridge lighting up Absolute Beginner's.
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Built as a toll bridge, but withdrawn 6 years later, the tollbooths remained in place however, and are the only surviving examples of bridge tollbooths in London.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.