TQ3981 : River Lee (Bow Creek): Disused railway bridge

taken 10 years ago, near to Blackwall Tunnel, Greenwich, Great Britain

River Lee (Bow Creek): Disused railway bridge
River Lee (Bow Creek): Disused railway bridge
The bridge was built to carry a single track railway goods line over the River Lee from Canning Town to the sidings near the former East India Dock pepper warehouses. The bridge was built in 1848 and the OS mapping of 1946 shows the trackwork in situ on either side. Today all trace of the trackwork has gone, although the DLR uses the route to the east of the bridge here TQ3981 : Canning Town: Docklands Light Railway. Comparing this with Danny's TQ3981 : Old Bridge Across the River Lea from less than a year previously it is evident that maintenance work has since been undertaken on the bridge by way of renewing the protective cladding around the four supporting columns. The two photographs also show the creek at different tide levels.

Update February 2011

I am indebted to a fellow Geographer, Robin Webster, for pointing out to me how the bridge has changed over the years as shown on old large scale Ordnance Survey maps. On the 1850 map the bridge is shown as a "Drawbridge", and is again in 1869 but this time with a central pontoon underneath. By 1895 it is shown as a "Swing Bridge" over the pontoon. By 1916 the central pontoon had disappeared, and the bridge is anonymous suggesting that by this time it had reached its current configuration as a standard girder bridge.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 5 March, 2008   (more nearby)
Monday, 10 March, 2008
Bridges > Railway bridge (disused)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 391 813 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.8105N 0:0.1913E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 391 813
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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