Chelsea Embankment in 1905 - 20th Century

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Chelsea Embankment in 1905 - 20th Century

This is the same spot in Edwardian times and is more tranquil. Instead of cars coaches can be seen near the bridge. The ornamental lamps were placed here in 1874 when the Embankment was created. Once again Albert Bridge can be seen in the background.

The construction of the Chelsea Embankment was one of the great engineering triumphs of the Victorian Age. It was built mainly to improve the drainage and sewerage of London and as a barrier to floods and to contain the rising river levels. Under the road lies the main west London sewer. The construction by the Metropolitan Board of Works cost 269,591. Designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette, it was opened in May 1874.

The Embankment changed forever the riverside at Chelsea as will be seen in the next photograph.

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Location of original: LSvf Chpc/73

See also:

Virtual Museum – The History of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
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