|Name||Albert Bridge, London|
|Design||Rowland Mason Ordish|
|Contractor||Andrew Handyside & Co.|
|When||1873, strengthened 1884, 1973|
|Latitude||N 51 28' 57"|
|Longitude||W 0 10' 01'|
|Why||Road bridge over the River Thames between Chelsea and Battersea.|
|Overall type||Hanging bridge with suspension cables and wrought iron stays.
In 1857 Ordish patented his system to combat dynamic movements with the catenary cables and the stays each taking a proportion of the loads.
|Main span||137.2 m. but central supports were added in 1973 and 2 ton weight limit imposed.|
|Height of tower||21 m.|
|Materials||Cables:The original wire ropes were repalced by steel link chains in 1884
Stays: Flat wrought iron bars
|References||Smith D, "Civil Engineering Heritage: London and Thames Valley", Thomas Telford, London, 2001
Greater London Council, "Report on the condition and proposed remedial works for Albert Bridge", London, 1970
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