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Stone work repairs to Richmond Bridge on the Thames - 23rd October 2009

  At the beginning of October we delivered one of our PLA registered dumb barges together with a 40’ by 10’ pontoon to our partner company, Thames Link Marine, for repairs to the Portland stonework on Richmond Bridge over the Thames.

Richmond Council appointed a specialist stone mason contractor to carry out repairs to Richmond Bridge which involved replacement of parapets and balusters that have suffered damage due to boat impacts and weathering.

In order to carry out the stone work repairs the contractor needed a 5 tonne scissor lift in the barge to lift the stone, workmen and tools up under the arches to reach the underside of the bridge.

The works were carried out over a period of three to four weeks in October with Thames Link Marine operating the tugs and workboats to move the barges to the bridge each day and position the barge and scissor lift under the arch being worked on.

Richmond Bridge is a Grade 1 listed structure and the oldest Thames river bridge in Greater London. The bridge was completed in 1777 and widened during 1937 and it is one of the main routes through the borough.

The foundation stone of Richmond Bridge was laid on 23rd August 1774 by the Hon. Henry Hobart. The bridge cost £26,000 to build, raised on “tontine” shares of £100 each. Under this system each shareholder received a proportion of the bridge tolls until his death, when his shares were added to those of the remaining shareholders. The tontine did not lapse until the death of the last surviving shareholder.

The tolls were discontinued in 1859 when the last surviving tontine shareholder died.

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