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Albert Bridge in 1938, drawing by Francis Griffin
This view from the centre of Albert Bridge looks north down Oakley Street. The Pier Hotel can be seen on the left. The Calcott Tower, then part of the Imperial Institute, is shown in the far distance. Many eminent people lived in Oakley Street including the explorer Robert Scott at number 56 and Lady Wilde, Oscar Wilde's mother at number 87. The contrast in traffic levels over 60 years is marked. In the 1950s the London County Council wanted to demolish the Bridge. They considered it inadequate to cope with the increased traffic. A campaign, led by John Betjamin, saved Albert Bridge. Its distinctive silhouette has featured in many films.
Location of original: Chelsea Print Room B2053
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