The New Bridge at Battersea. 1859. From The Book of the Thames from its Rise to its Fall, p. 404.

Commentary by the Halls

Battersea Park has been laid out only within the last two or three years; it is therefore in its infancy — the shrubs are miniatures; but to the next generation it will be one of the chief adornments of the metropolitan suburbs. From it we look upon the old wooden bridge, and the Putch-looking church and village of Chelsea. Beyond the hospital is the NEW BRIDGE, constructed by Thomas Page, Esq. It is a toll bridge; and it has been pleasantly said that "Government gave a park to the people, and placed a toll-bar at the gate to keep them out of it." The bridge is the most beautiful of the many that cross the Thames between its source and its fall into the sea; and its value is much enhanced by foot — "the West End Crystal Palace Station," that communicates also with Brighton and the southern counties of England. [404-5]

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Hall, Mr. and Mrs. S. C. The Book of the Thames from its Rise to its Fall. London: Arthur Hall, Virtue, and Cp., 1959. Internet Archive version of a copy in the William and Mary Darlington Memorial Libray, the University of Pittsburgh. Web. 10 March 2012.

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