Today’s Chelsea Bridge was officially opened in on 6 May 1937 by the then-Prime Minister of Canada, who was in London for the coronation of King George VI.
The new bridge was completed five months ahead of schedule and within the £365,000 budget (about £22.4 million in 2018’s money.) Chelsea Bridge is 213m (698 ft) long, and 20m (64ft) wide. It has three spans.
As was agreed with the Ministry of Transport, all the materials used to build Chelsea Bridge came from (what was then) the British Empire.
So, as you’re crossing Chelsea bridge, you are traversing a structure made of steel from Scotland and Yorkshire; the granite of the piers are from Aberdeen and Cornwall; the timbers of the deck from Douglas fir trees from British Columbia in Canada; and the (original) asphalt of the roadway was from Trinidad.
Chelsea Bridge is off the beaten path of where most people explore in London. In the area is Battersea Park and my beloved Battersea Power Station. I consider Chelsea Bridge to be one of the best places to photograph London because any bridge in London should be explored with a camera. Additionally, there are unobstructed and impeccable views of Battersea Power Station. Looking west you’ll find fabulous views of neighbouring Albert Bridge.
Where is Chelsea Bridge? How do I get to Chelsea Bridge?
Chelsea Bridge GPS Coordinates :: 51.4847° N, 0.1498° W