The Thames from Hampton Court to Sunbury Lock

Hampton court bridge

four bridges

Previously a ferry crossing, the first bridge was built in 1753 and was a seven-arched wooden structure.



second bridge

It was replaced by another wooden bridge with 11 arches in 1778.


This was demolished in 1864 to make way for a new bridge – traffic had to use a ferry until the new one was ready.

A print of the first Hampton Court Bridge

The first Hampton Court Bridge: 1753-1778

the third bridge

The third bridge – a five span iron bridge opened in 1865.


The tolls on this bridge were abolished in 1876. You can still see two cast-iron pillars from the toll house of the bridge – they are by the flight of steps at Hampton Church.


You can also see the brick side walls on approaches to the previous bridge on both sides of the river – one pair by the embankment wall opposite the end of Bridge Road in East Molesey, and the other by the Mitre Hotel (which was once right on the bridge approach road) opposite the gates of Hampton Court Palace.

Photo of the third Hampton Court Bridge

The third Hampton Court Bridge: 1865-1933

See the crenellated brick bits on both sides of the river? They are the remains of the approaches to the third Hampton Court Bridge

the fourth bridge

The iron bridge was replaced by the present bridge, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944..


Lutyens designed dozens of country houses, the Viceroy’s House in New Delhi, and many major Great War memorials including the Cenotaph and Thiepval Arch.


The new bridge was built about 30 metres downstream of its predecessor, which stayed in use until the new bridge was ready.


It was opened by the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) on 3 July 1933—the same day he opened Twickenham Bridge and Chiswick Bridge. It was a grand gesture that ensured the end of traffic jams for ever!

Drawing of the second Hampton Court Bridge

This is the second bridge, which lasted from 1778 to 1864

This is the present Hampton Court Bridge, designed by Lutyens and built in 1933

The fourth bridge at Hampton Court, designed by Lutyens and opened in 1933The remains of the third bridge at Hampton Court

You can see the third bridge in the background

Tram terminus at Hampton Court, with bridge in background