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Vauxhall Bridge (1816 rebuilt 1906)

The current grade II listed Vauxhall Bridge opened in 1906,  It has four granite piers and a steel superstructure.   It replaced an earlier iron bridge built between 1809 and 1816. The bridge was a first in a number of ways:



Nearby, visible at very low tides, there are mesolithic timbers dating back some 6,000 years...the earliest known structures in the Thames.


Vauxhall Bridge was designed by Sir Alexander Binnie- resident engineer of the London County Council.  The bridge has a very functional design and was criticised at the time for the lack of architect involvement.


Either side of the bridge their are four sculptures adorning the piers but you need to be sailing down the river to fully appreciate them.


On the Lambeth side, Vauxhall bridge is straddled by the Secret Intelligence Service HQ Building (aka MI6 Building) and St Georges Wharf.  The view from the low tide mark on Vauxhall foreshorebeach is such that one might easily imagine them to be part of the same development.


Due to the bend in the river, Vauxhall Bridge does not run North South as one might imagine.  The bridge actually runs roughly NW to SE ...perhaps a little nearer WNW to ESE.  The bridge view may not be the best in London but include



The alignment of the bridge has some advantages for the astronomically inclined.  Dramatic views of the moon can occasionally be seen over Vauxhall Station and St Georges Wharf.


For those interested in wildlife, cormorants can be seen fishing in the river.  There are also plenty of Chinese Mitten crabs to be found but you would need to be down by the rivers edge to see them.


If you are tempted to get up close and personal with the Thames please keep in mind two things



 

Amphibious bus near Vauxhall bridge Under Vauxhall bridge wpimages/Under Vauxhall bridge Vauxhall bridge at low tide Vauxhall bridge sculpture Vauxhall bridge sculpture SIS (MI6) building and St George Wharf