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Kew Railway Bridge

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51°29'00"-00°16'47" show decimal

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Kew Railway Bridge
Strand-on-the-Green, Kew, Middlesex

Kew Bridge Railway Bridge was opened by the London & South-Western Railway Company in 1869, forming part of their new line extension from South Acton Junction through to Richmond. The bridge was designed by W R Galbraith, and built by Brassey & Ogilvie. It is still in active use today by both London Underground's District Line service, and the Silverlink Rail service that runs from North Woolwich to Richmond.

How to get here:

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Rail, Underground (District): Kew Gardens - exit from the Southbound platform onto West Park Road, and then turn left onto Burlington Avenue; follow the road to the end, and then cross Mortlake Road at the pedestrian crossing. Follow the path alongside the railway bridge until you reach the Thames - the location is under the bridge on your left. Alternatively, from Kew Bridge you can walk along the south Thames footpath to reach the railway bridge. (0.6 miles, 11m) +

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Rail: Kew Bridge - Turn right out of the station, then then cross over and head across the bridge. On the other side of the river walk down the steps and under the bridge to the east side, then follow the path by the river until you reach the railway bridge. (0.6 miles, 12m) +

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Bus: Kew Bridge Bus Map - Stops M/N. Strand on the Green is along the southern Thames bank to the right of Kew Bridge. +

 

Access: PublicStatus: recognisableKew Railway Bridge

Photo

«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 6th December 2007 by Chuck Foster

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The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1)
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The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1)
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Filmed: 29 May 1984
The TARDIS materialises under a bridge in a rubble-strewn, deserted London ...

 

Additional Notes:

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Over the years the river bank along this stretch has become very overgrown, making it difficult to achieve the same angle as was seen on screen.

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The current sign underneath the bridge does not actually forbid you to dump bodies in the river, but instead informs you of what to do in an emergency (eg. if a car strikes the bridge). This is a recently new sign, as it wasn't under the bridge back a year before!

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The underside of the bridge was faithfully replicated in the studio, enabling the TARDIS to be buried under a pile of rubble as the decaying bridge collapses on top of it.

 

Access: PublicStatus: recognisableKew Railway Bridge (river)

Photo

«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 6th December 2007 by Chuck Foster

"The bank has been cleared off growth now, which finally allowed me to take a photo from the same side of the steps as seen on screen!"

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The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1)
Screen Shot

The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 29 May 1984
The River Thames from under the bridge.

 

Additional Notes:

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Filming was from a raised camera platform which of course isn't normally there; also the overgrowth makes it impossible to take a decent photo from the 'correct' side of the steps!

Other nearby locations:

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Kew Bridge Steam Museum (Remembrance of the Daleks). No route recorded to this location.

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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Harvey House (Day of the Daleks): 0.77 miles.

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M4 (Chiswick) (The Runaway Bride): 0.79 miles.

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Burford Road (Invasion of the Dinosaurs): 0.91 miles.

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Great West Quarter (The Christmas Invasion): 1.12 miles.

Other show-related mentions for the location:

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DVD Release - The DVD release includes a "Now and Then" featurette contrasting the location between when it was filmed and the modern day (this was recorded before the area was demolished for the new shopping centre).

Further links about the location:

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Tour UK: London Bridges

Related Stories

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The Dalek Invasion of Earth [27 Aug 1964]: The TARDIS materialises underneath a bridge by the Thames

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