The part I most enjoyed about the Chelsea Bridge was the four golden ships, two at each end of the bridge. I only took two pictures of these ships. I originally was only going to take one as I assumed that they were all different, but I took a second when I noticed the coat of arms below the ships were different on each side. The first one is the coat of arms of London and the other one is the coat of arms of one or some of the boroughs. Like the Albert Bridge, the 19th century Chelsea Bridge had structural issues. Unlike the Albert Bridge, the Chelsea Bridge was demolished and rebuilt in the 1930s. The red and white color scheme, while not as striking as the Albert Bridge’s pink, green, and blue scheme, does also catch the eye. I suppose this may serve a similar purpose of making the bridge visible under challenging visual conditions.
Similar to the Albert Bridge, the view from the Chelsea Bridge encompassed mostly modern buildings among the trees lining the river embankments. The Battersea Power Station, now vacant, was one of the oldest buildings visible from the bridge. (Watch for an up-coming post with more on the power station and Sherlock Holmes.)
An interesting tidbit I discovered while looking up the Chelsea Bridge online is that Billy Strayhorn composed a song entitled Chelsea Bridge. Apparently the piece is misnamed as Strayhorn was inspired by the image of the Battersea Bridge, which he identified at the Chelsea Bridge. While I am not familiar with Strayhorn’s work, I am intrigued by this connection as Strayhorn went to high school in Pittsburgh and started his career here. A local theater, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, is named in his and Gene Kelly’s honor. (Gene Kelly also went to high school and college in Pittsburgh.)