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Scope and Content:
  • Further deeds and papers relating to land bought or owned by the Hammersmith Bridge Company
Extent: 0.3 linear metres
Classification: BUSINESSES
Site Location: London Metropolitan Archives
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Administrative History:
  • The Hammersmith Bridge Company was established by Act of Parliament in 1824 (before the introduction of the principle of the limited company). The Bridge, designed by William Tierney Clark (or Clarke), was completed in 1827. A second Act, amending some sections of the first, was obtained in 1828 Land was compulsorily acquired in accordance with the provisions of the Acts for making the approach roads, which included Hammersmith Bridge Road and what is now Castelnau in Barnes. A special clause in the first Act meant that whole of the Barn Elms Estate had to be purchased. Most of the surplus land in Barnes and Hammersmith was subsequently sold; but some properties were retained and let to tenants.

    The Company's income came largely from tolls on users of the Bridge and the roads in Barnes. Tolls were not charged on users of Hammersmith Bridge Road. A floating steamboat pier was later built to increase profits, attached to the downstream side of the Surrey suspension pier. In 1880 the Bridge and pier were purchased by the Metropolitan Board of Works, under the terms of the Metropolis Toll Bridges Act. The Company's roads were transferred to the local authorities, its properties were sold , and it was wound up. The Bridge was at once freed from tolls and was replaced by the present bridge a few years later.
Copyright: Depositor
Source of Acquisition:
  • Transferred from Hammersmith and Fulham Archives and Local History Centre in 2015
  • Discovered by computer consultants who took over a solicitors office and found this material left behind. They transferred it to BRA who deposited it at Hammersmith and Fulham Archives and Local Studies in 1975
Access Restrictions: These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions
Related Material: DD/0008 Records of the Hammersmith Bridge Company