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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 B/PBB
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1771-1796
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.08 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Proprietors of Battersea Bridge


Administrative/Biographical history:

Battersea Bridge was built in 1771-2. It was constructed from wood to the designs of Henry Holland to replace the ferry between Chelsea and Battersea. The bridge was demolished in 1881 as boats often collided with the piers, but it had already contributed to the growth of Chelsea from a village to a small town. The present bridge with cast iron arches and designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette was erected 1886-90.

Meetings of the Proprietors took place at the Somerset Coffee House in the Strand, at the White Horse, Mrs Anderson's, or Don Saltero's Coffee House - all in Chelsea, at the Rainbow Coffee House, Cornhill, the Salopian Coffee House, Charing Cross, and frequently on the site at the Ferry House in Battersea.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Proprietors of Battersea Bridge, 1771-1796. The two minute books record the earliest proceedings of the 15 proprietors of Battersea Bridge, and include a list of subscribers and copies of circular letters.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Two volumes

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in 1974 (AC/74/041)

Allied Materials

Related material:

The bridge was purchased by the Metropolitan Board of Works and freed from tolls following the Metropolis Toll Bridges Act, 1877. Other records of the proprietors - i.e. deeds etc., later minutes, accounts and correspondence, 1766-1874, have therefore come into custody as inherited records - see BC/B/001-045 and O/265

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
July to October 2009

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