In 1864 the London & South-Western
Railway Company extended their line from South Acton Junction
to Richmond. Designed by W R Galbraith, and built by
Brassey & Ogilvie, the five-span iron lattice girder bridge
was opened in 1869.
Railway Bridge has some unusual decorative features.
The cast-iron piers have three stages. At river level
is a cylindrical base, above this is a drum with four columns
and crowning these two stages, at track level, is a tabernacle
with an arched roof which carries a pair of columns framing
an ornate cast-iron screen.
When the bridge was built many
thought that the great iron structure overwhelmed the charming
riverside hamlet of Strand on the Green. Today, however,
the elegant lattice girder bridge is considered more attractive
than modern structures.