The Hairpin Bridge

Photo:The bridge in 1896

The bridge in 1896

from John Smith

Photo:Peninsula Road

Peninsula Road

from John Smith

Photo:Peninsula Road in the 1960s

Peninsula Road in the 1960s

from John Smith

Photo:The entrance to (or exit from) the bridge

The entrance to (or exit from) the bridge

from John Smith

Photo:The Dwellings from the air

The Dwellings from the air

from John Smith

Photo:The footbridge today

The footbridge today

from John Smith

Photo:The bridge to Riverside today

The bridge to Riverside today

from John Smith

Photo:Another view of the bridge, today

Another view of the bridge, today

From John Smith

Photo:The Dwellings and the Hairpin Bridge

The Dwellings and the Hairpin Bridge

from John Smith

By John Smith

The old hairpin bridge stood close to the Tilbury Dwellings, and the houses of Peninsula Road and Orient Road.

The bridge crossed the Tilbury railway lines from the Riverside and to London. it was very popular with traffic and pedestrians up to the 1980s and was built in the 1860s. In the 1980s it was considered to be unsafe for traffic as its metal structure became weak, and was only used by pedestrians as the road part was closed.

It later gave way to a pedestrian bridge only, which we have now today.

Here we have a early photo of the bridge with some kind of carnival going on.

This page was added by John Matthews on 12/07/2013.
Comments about this page

My main memory of the hairpin bridge relates to an accident during the late 1950s when the mother of a very good friend of mine at the time (Johnny Nicholson) was killed when a number of tea chests fell from a lorry negotiating the hairpin bend and crushed her. The Nicholsons lived on the corner of Gainsborough Avenue and St Chad's Road at the time. 

By Paul Johnson
On 12/12/2013

I always have good memiors of all the tilbury kids playing on the swing under the bridge and you had to get there early otherwise there was a queue up l was ok because I only lived in perth house

By darrell turner
On 06/05/2014

Mr. Paul Johnson I think time must have played tricks with your memory, it was my mother that was killed as a result of the articulated lorry, loaded with tea, that overturned at the top or the Hairpin bridge on Tuesday August 4th 1959.

Percy Dalton

By Percy Dalton
On 28/10/2014