Although first recommended in
1909, Twickenham Bridge was not opened until 1933.
Twickenham Bridge was part of
a major rebuilding and improvement scheme for the Great Chertsey
Road. Chiswick Bridge and Hampton Court Bridge were
also part of the plan.
Twickenham Bridge runs from Chertsey
Road, on the Surrey side, through the Old Deer Park to join
the road to Richmond. At the time there was local objection
to the construction of the bridge because its approach cut
through the Old Deer Park.
Designed by Maxwell Aryton, the
bridge has reinforced concrete arches and bronze balustrades
and lamps, very similar in design to Chiswick Bridge, but
the three river arches of Twickenham Bridge have permanent
hinges for self-adjustment. It was the first large concrete
bridge in Britain to be built on this principle.
It was the second of the three
new bridges to be opened by the Prince of Wales on 3 July