The bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened in 1845. It was originally built as a pedestrian bridge over the River Thames to Hungerford market, to increase busines at the market. The bridge was later rebuilt in 1859 because the South East Railway company wanted a railway bridge for the new Charing Cros Station. Some parts of the old bridge were reused in the new Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.
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