Barnes Railway Bridge

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Barnes Railway Bridge
Barnes Railway Bridge, London 03.jpg
The current bridge showing the Locke span
Coordinates 51°28′22″N 0°15′14″W / 51.4728°N 0.2539°W / 51.4728; -0.2539Coordinates: 51°28′22″N 0°15′14″W / 51.4728°N 0.2539°W / 51.4728; -0.2539
Carries Railway
Crosses River Thames
Locale London, England
Heritage status Grade II listed structure
Preceded by Chiswick Bridge
Followed by Hammersmith Bridge
Design Truss arch bridge
Opened 1895

Barnes Railway Bridge is a Grade II listed railway bridge in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and the London Borough of Hounslow.[1][2] It crosses the River Thames in London in a northwest to southeast direction at Barnes. It carries the South Western Railway Hounslow Loop Line, and lies between Barnes Bridge and Chiswick stations. It can also be crossed on foot, and is one of only three bridges in London to combine pedestrian and rail use; the others being Hungerford Bridge and Golden Jubilee Bridges and Fulham Railway Bridge.


The original bridge at this location was built in 1849 to a design by Joseph Locke[1] and looked very similar to the original Richmond Railway Bridge which he also designed.

The replacement bridge, designed by Edward Andrews, is three spans of wrought iron bow string girders carrying two railway tracks. The construction work was carried out by Head Wrightson on behalf of the London & South Western Railway and was completed in 1895.[3] The original Locke span still stands unused on the upstream side.

The bridge was given protection as a Grade II listed structure in 1983.[4]

University Boat Race

Boat Race approaching Barnes Bridge viewed from the Middlesex (North) bank [2003 – Oxford ultimately won by only one foot]

Barnes Bridge is also a landmark often quoted for the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, because it is suggested that whichever crew is ahead at this point will win the race. In 2003 the crews were in almost equal position approaching the bridge and Oxford ultimately won the race by just one foot.


See also


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Barnes Railway Bridge (1080861)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Historic England. "Barnes Railway Bridge (1376777)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Where Thames Smooth Waters Glide
  4. ^ Historic England. "Details from image database (205220)". Images of England. Retrieved 27 November 2008. 

External links

  • Barnes Railway Bridge at Structurae
  • Media related to Barnes Railway Bridge at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°28′22″N 0°15′14″W / 51.47278°N 0.25389°W / 51.47278; -0.25389

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