Kingston Bridge

From Historic England entry:

“1825-28, by Edward Lapidge. Opened by the Duchess of Clarence (later Queen Adelaide). Portland stone. 5 rusticated arches, the centre one with an armorial keystone; bold cornice and balustraded parapet. Semi-circular cutwaters carry flat panelled piers surmounted by little balcony projections breaking forward from the balustrade. Widened in 1914. One original cast iron lamp standard remains. (Half is in the Borough of Richmond-on-Thames).”

Lapidge designed a number of churches: St John, Hampton Wick (1829–30), St Mary, Hampton (1829–31), and St Andrew’s Church, Ham (1830–1) all of brick, in the Gothic style, and St Peter’s, Hammersmith in a Greek Ionic style, in brick finished with Bath stone dressings. The Gentleman’s Magazine described St Peter’s as “a very fair specimen of modern Grecian architecture”, adding that “the tower has considerable merit. The design is novel and pleasing, and the proportions are harmonious. The interior is however chaste and formal, displaying even a presbyterian nakedness”. Lapidge himself donated the site of the church at Hampton Wick. As well as these buildings on the west side of London he built St James, Radcliffe (1837–8), in the East End, in the Early English style, in brick with stone dressing.

(The parish church of Ratcliffe, St. James in Butcher Row, was built in 1838 and served the area until 1951 (it was damaged during the Second World War), when the parish was merged with St. Paul, Shadwell. In 1948 the church site became (and remains) the East London home of the Royal Foundation of St. Katharine.)

Further afield he built the church of St John in the park of Doddington Hall, Cheshire (1837).”

Lapidge (1779-1860) lived at The Grove, 24 Lower Teddington Road, Hampton Wick. His grave is in the churchyard of St Mary’s, Hampton:

From Wikipedia:

“The church is briefly mentioned in Jerome K Jerome’s 1889 comic novel, Three Men in a Boat.

“Harris wanted to get out at Hampton Church, to go and see Mrs. Thomas’s tomb.

“Who is Mrs. Thomas?” I asked.

“How should I know?” replied Harris. “She’s a lady that’s got a funny tomb, and I want to see it.” ”

While the church does contain a memorial to Susanna Thomas (d.1731) on the east wall of the south aisle, Paul Goldsack, in his book River Thames: In the Footsteps of the Famous, states there is little that is funny, or even remarkable about it. However, the tomb is floridly classical, with partly draped female figures which may have surprised some Victorians and amused others, including J K Jerome himself. Hence the tomb is “funny” in both senses, of being unusual as well as entertaining.”

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