Fulham Bridge 1729-1886, by George and Michael Dewe

Fulham Bridge 1729-1886, by George and Michael Dewe
Fulham Bridge 1729-1886, by George and Michael Dewe

Book published by the Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society in 1986, 147 pages. Paperback (N6142X2)

From the foreword: The story of Fulham Bridge, a well known feature of the Thames for over one hundred and fifty years, has always intrigued me not just for its interest as a physical structure but as the story of a privately-owned public utility, run by a body of proprietors for profit, whose activities were intimately bound up with the local communities of Fulham and Putney which were linked by the bridge. It was a wish to understand the inter-relationships between the bridge proprietors and the parishes of Fulham and Putney that prompted the writing of this book. The specialised viewpoint of the bridge's long history has had the added bonus of providing an insight into life generally during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly in its social, economic, business and transport aspects, and seeing the bridge against the changing London scene.

After the history of the bridge up to its completion in 1729, the succeeding chapters adopt a thematic treatment rather than a chronological one. This allows for many recurrent topics, such as disputes over the payment of rates and the arrangements for surveying the bridge for repairs, to be surnmarised and exemplified largely in one place in the text. Except in one instance the choice of illustrations has been determined by what has not been published before.

The present account is based almost entirely on the bridge proprietors' records held mainly in the Public Record Office, and full details of these and other archival sources are given in the bibliography.

The condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.
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