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Teddington footbridge
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Teddington lock, the largest on the Thames, is now the upper limit of the tidal river. The weir and pound lock were built in 1811, on the recommendation of John Rennie, to improve the navigation on this part of the river. The original pound lock was built of wood, but a new structure was begun by the Corporation of London in 1857, opening on 8 May 1858. It was restored again in 1950. As well as this old lock, there is also the 650-foot barge lock, built in 1904 and used now only at busy times, as well as the narrow skiff lock, sometimes referred to as 'the coffin', which was built at the same time as the pound lock.

Upstream of the lock, and using the lock island as a stepping stone, are two footbridges that link Teddington and Ham, replacing a ferry that used to operate near here. They were built in 1888—1889 by G. Pooley, and financed by donations from the general public and local businesses, as well as local government. The bridge on the Middlesex side is a charming suspension bridge, painted in blue, white and gold. Its original steel towers have been encased in concrete.


Teddington footbridge

The girder bridge at Teddington, crossing the navigation channel on the south side of the island.



On the Surrey side is a shorter girder bridge, which crosses the navigation channel of the river. The materials for this bridge were re-used from the temporary bridge erected at Hammersmith while the new bridge was being erected there in 1884—1887. The crossing is very popular with both pedestrians and cyclists, and the suspension bridge has suffered over the years and at the time of writing is undergoing restoration.


Teddington footbridge

Teddington has two footbridges. This is the suspension bridge on the north side of the island.



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