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1847: The Windsor, Staines and South-Western Railway was given permission to build a 7.25 mile line from Barnes to Feltham.
 
1848: Designed by Joseph Locke and Thomas Brassey, this cast-iron railway bridge was built in 1848 to carry a loop line to by-pass Richmond
 
There was no boat race in 1847 and 1848 - and this might have been due to the problems of running a race through the construction site.

1849: Bridge opened, this loop line was to prove a useful by-pass for passenger and freight traffic, avoiding the busy route through Richmond.

1849: The newly built Barnes Railway Bridge. Notice that the characteristic bow-string girders are not part of the original bridge -

Barnes Railway Bridge 1849
The newly built Barnes Railway Bridge, 1849.

1859: In the boat race the Cambridge boat sank at Barnes

The bow-oar had been frequently covered with water, and opposite the White Hart at Barnes three waves washed completely over the boat: at the first warning the gallant crew, knowing what was coming, took their feet out of the stretcher straps and prepared for swimming, all except Mr. Smith, who had not learnt the art. At the fourth wave the boat sank completely under them, and it was almost a miracle they were not drowned, for the umpire’s boat, the Lady of the Lake, was close on their stern at the time; but the captain, in a very clever manner, immediately stopped his vessel, and life buoys and ropes were immediately thrown out. Mr. Darroch [No. 4] swam on shore, and all the others were fortunately picked up by various boats.

1890: Boat-race at Barnes Bridge, Henry Taunt -

Boat-race at Barnes Bridge, Henry Taunt, 1890
Boat-race at Barnes Bridge, Henry Taunt, 1890
© Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive;

1890-99: Additional Bridge: 360 ft. long. Three spans of wrought iron bow string girders carry two railway tracks across the river. Joseph Locke's original structure still stands unused on the upstream side. Engineers, London & South Western Railway. Contractor, Head Wrightson.

"To the River Between Barnes and Kew Bridges", Cyril F Austin in C B Fry's Magazine, 1905

A MIDSUMMER IDYLL

Panting, I listen to the cox, hysteric,
With abuse of me, poor wretch!
Toiling the daily hour on thy Homeric ...
... STRETCH

As on we speed past prospects only seeking
Some enthusiastic etcher,
My once artistic soul bemoans my creaking ...
... STRETCHER

Our thanks to thee! Despite the heat that stews, thou
From the musty office fetchest
Our enervated bodies, and our thews thou ...
... STRETCHEST

Barnes Railway Bridge, Henry Taunt, 1890s
Barnes Railway Bridge, Henry Taunt, 1890s
© Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive; HT7052

1960: Barnes Railway Bridge, Francis Frith –

Barnes Railway Bridge, 1960, Francis Frith
Barnes Railway Bridge, 1960, Francis Frith

 

Barnes Railway Bridge © 2000 Doug Myers
Barnes Railway Bridge © 2000 Doug Myers

 

Barnes Railway Bridge PLA
Barnes Railway Bridge going upstream

The original Thornycroft Works were on the right bank, half way between Barnes Railway Bridge and Chiswick Bridge.
 
1873: Advertisement -

1873 Avertisement
1873 Advertisement

1904: Thornycroft works moved to Southampton because of the difficulties of getting their larger boats down river.
 
1906: Poem by Cyril F Austin -

TO THE RIVER BETWEEN BARNES AND KEW BRIDGES
A MIDSUMMER IDYLL

Panting, I listen to the cox, hysteric
With abuse of me, poor wretch!
Toiling the daily hour on thy Homeric
Stretch.

As on we speed past prospects only seeking
Some enthusiastic etcher,
My once artistic soul bemoans my creaking
stretcher.

Our thanks to thee! Despite the heat that stews, thou
From the musty office fetchest
Our enervated bodies, and our thews thou
Stretchest.

Duke's Meadow

Left Bank above Barnes Railway Bridge and below Chiswick Bridge.
 
Japanese Knotweed is a pain all along the left bank. It grows in tall stands like bamboo and spreads vegatively (not by seed). Any small piece of the plant will start growing. So mowing / cutting it simply spreads it around. On a still day in early summer it can be heard growing (little clicks). It takes intensive work to suppress it - and even then will almost certainly return.

 
 
 
 
Upstream to Chiswick Bridge




Introduction
Estuary
PLA
QEII Br
Barrier
Tower Br
Custom Ho
London Br
; Frost Fairs
Cannon St Rb
The Great Stink
Southwark Br
Millenium Br
Blackfriars Rb
Blackfriars Br
Waterloo Br
Charing Cross Rb
Westminster Br
Lambeth Br
Vauxhall Br
Victoria Rb
Chelsea Br
Albert Br
Battersea Br
Battersea Rb
Wandsworth Br
Fulham Rb
Putney Br
Hammersmith Br
Barnes Rb
Chiswick Br
Kew Rb
Kew Br
RICHMOND
Twickenham Br
Richmond Rb
Richmond Br
TEDDINGTON
Kingston Rb
Kingston Br
Ditton Slip
Hampton Br
MOLESEY
SUNBURY
Walton Br
Desborough Cut
SHEPPERTON
Chertsey Br
CHERTSEY
M3 Br
Laleham Slip
PENTON HOOK
Staines Rb
Staines Br
Runnymede Br
BELL WEIR
Magna Carta Is
OLD WINDSOR
Albert Br
Datchet
Victoria Br
Black Potts Rb
ROMNEY
Eton
Windsor Br
Windsor Rb
Windsor Slip
Elizabeth Br
BOVENEY
Dorney Lake
York Cut
Summerleaze Fb
MonkeyIsland
New Thames Br
BRAY
Bray Slip
Maidenhead Rb
Maidenhead Br
Below Boulters
BOULTERS
Cliveden
Hedsor
COOKHAM
Cookham Slip
Cookham Br
BourneEnd RFb
Quarry Woods
A404 Br
MARLOW
Marlow Br
Bisham
TEMPLE
HURLEY
Medmenham
Culham Ct
Aston Slip
HAMBLEDEN
Temple Is
Fawley Ct
Remenham
Regatta
Phyllis Ct
Henley Slip
Leander
Red Lion
Henley Br
Angel on Br
Landing
Hobbs Boatyard
Hobbs Slipway
MARSH
Hennerton
Bolney
Wargrave
Shiplake Rb
R.Loddon
SHIPLAKE
Sonning Br
SONNING
Dreadnought
K&A Canal
CAVERSHAM
Reading Br
Caversham Br
Reading Slip
Purley
MAPLEDURHAM
Hardwick Ho
Whitchurch Br
WHITCHURCH
Hartswood Reach
Gatehampton Rb
Goring Gap
Goring Br
GORING
Swan
CLEEVE
Moulsford
Moulsford Rb
Papist Way Slip
Winterbrook Br
Wallingford Br
BENSON
Shillingford Br
R.Thame
DAYS
Burcot
Clifton Hampden
Clifton Church
Clifton H Br
Barley Mow
Long Wittenham
CLIFTON
Appleford Rb
Sutton Courtenay
Sutton Br
CULHAM
Culham Cut Fb
Abingdon Slip
Abingdon
Abingdon Br
ABINGDON
Nuneham Rb
Nuneham
Nuneham Park
Radley Boats
SANDFORD
Rose Island
Kennington Rb
Isis Br
Iffley Mill
IFFLEY
Oxford Rowing
Isis
Donnington Br
Riverside Slip
Boathouses
Punting
Lower Cherwell
Upper Cherwell
Islip
Head of River
Salters Steamers
Folly Br
Bacons Folly
Oxford Fb
Osney Fb
Weir stream
Osney Rb
Bullstake Stream
Osney Marina
OSNEY
Osney Br
Four Rivers
OLD RIVER
CANAL
Medley Weir Site
Medley Fb
Bossoms
Perch
Trout
GODSTOW
Godstow Nunnery
Godstow Br
Thames Br
KINGS
River Evenlode
EYNSHAM
Swinford Br
Oxford Cruisers
PINKHILL
Farmoor
Stanton Harcourt
Bablock Slip
Arks Weir Site
NORTHMOOR
Harts Fb
//Rose Revived
Newbridge
//Maybush
River Windrush
below Shifford
SHIFFORD
Shifford Fb
Tenfoot Fb
Trout Inn
Tadpole Br
RUSHEY
Old Mans Fb
RADCOT
Radcot Cradle Fb
Swan Inn
Radcot New Br
Radcot Old Br
GRAFTON
Eaton Hastings
Kelmscott
Eaton Fb
BUSCOT
Bloomers Hole Fb
Trout Inn
St Johns Br
ST JOHNS
Halfpenny Br
Marina Slip
LIMIT
Inglesham
Hannington Br
Kempsford
Castle Eaton Br
Marston Meysey
A419 Br
Cricklade
SOURCE?
THAMES HEAD
SEVEN SPRINGS