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Chertsey Bridge
Chertsey Bridge 1886

Chertsey Bridge 1886, photograph by Henry Taunt, reproduced by permission of River & Rowing Museum 2004.57.116

   
Chertsey Bridge now
Abingdon now, copyright Graham Diprose & Jeff Robins

"Hotels - The 'Chertsey Bridge'. Landing stage just above the bridge, 'The Crown' in Chertsey.
Inn - The 'Cricketers'.
Steam Launch and Torpedo Builder - C. Des Vignes.
Steam Launches to Let - James Taylor "

Henry Taunt 1886

Des Vignes indeed made steam engines for launches. Its role as a 'torpedo builder' is more intriguing. Research shows that at the time of Taunt's image of Cherstey Bridge (1886), the company was making 100-ton steam-driven submarines for the Turkish Ottoman Navy.

Graham Diprose 2007

See Taunt's image on its original map.

The text above are sample extracts from the book; entries for each location are more extensive.

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Outline of the River Thames: the area covered by Henry Taunt’s documentary photographs and maps from the source at Thames Head to the Houses of Parliament