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I’m pretty sure the former gas lamps in Richmond Bridge are now electric.
I've been *under* them all. My (just about clinging on) blog masthead photo is me at the half-tide lock.
Why do you say “technically the oldest” bridge?

Also, where was the Ford at Brentford? Was it on the Thames or the River Brent? The Thames looks pretty narrow and therefore fast flowing in that area.
By coincidence on Monday I walked that section of the Capital Ring from Richmond Bridge along the Thames path and then over the footbridge. Lovely walk!
I'm intrigued by the lack of any explanation for the police crime scene barrier tape in the Richmond Lock photo.
David - I take it to mean that although there have been bridges on other sites for longer (such as London Bridge and Kingston Bridge) the present bridges on those sites are not the original structures but more modern replacements. For example Richmond Railway Bridge is from the 19th century but the steelwork is early 20th.
Is the reference to "the foot tunnel which carries the Thames Path underneath.." today's red herring?
Interesting, especially given that Richmond is the only borough spanning both sides of the Thames. Those original lanterns on Twickenham Bridge are impressive, and carefully positioned in relation to the arches of the bridge. It's regrettable that the modern lighting columns show no such regard to the proportions of the bridge, or by the same token the spacings of the earlier light fixtures.
Frank F: you can certainly pass under Richmond Bridge by a dedicated footpath tunnel on the Richmond side.
Thanks David, I didn't know that. No idea how I've missed it.
Reminded me of the mysterious old tunnel that also goes under the Thames between Twickenham bridge and the railway bridge, with an access building either side. Maybe cables, maybe water - and on some accounts once a pedestrian tunnel - no one really seems to know.
"Another place nearer to London which is named from a ford is Brentford, but Dr. Guest thought that the ford so named was over the Brent instead of the Thames. He allows that the English army here twice crossed over the Thames in 1016, as recorded in the Chronicle, but argues that there was only a “shallow” in the Thames[Pg 51] at this point, and that the ford was over the Brent. William of Malmesbury, however, seems to have anticipated all this by saying very distinctly “the ford called Brentford” and the “ford at Brentford” when speaking of the crossings of the Thames in 1016. Gough in his edition of Camden says that the Thames was easily passed here at low water."
Wishing to save a bus fare on the 37, crossing the lock bridge was my main route to Richmond as a student.
I live up the street from Richmond Bridge on the East Twickenham side. The lamps are indeed now electric. It remarkable that it doesn't fall down given the amount of heavy traffic that uses it daily, given it was built in 1777. Look for the seam underneath where the widening took place in 1933.My route (on foot) to work daily. Twickenham Bridge (the A316) is very indeed very handsome, but sorely in need of a refurb these days and is looking terribly tatty. Tide Tables cafe does a mean hot chocolate and even a beer if you fancy.
I always thought the bridge over Richmond Lock was called Isleworth Bridge.

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