Built in 1863 to improve transport links to this growing suburban and increasingly popular town, this bridge is 22’4”, 7.29m high. It has been altered and strengthened several times during its lifetime and is used by many thousand of commuters daily. Kingston upon Thames is a very popular shopping centre with one of the most comprehensive ranges of shops outside the West End. It is a very historic town originally called Cyningeston in Old English whose written records date from the 9th century. This would suggest that the town was in existence well before that time as it grew up beside a busy ford over the Thames. There is still a daily market held in accordance with its ancient charter.