Windmill Bridge is located in West London, near Hanwell flight of locks on Grand Junction Canal. It is better known as Three Bridges even though there aren’t three bridges. It’s a clever structure that makes road, canal and railway crossing possible at the same spot. It was opened 160 years ago.
The engineer was Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and Windmill Bridge was part of his last railway project. The work started in 1856. It was built by E. R. Murray and J. L. Tredwell according to Historic England website. The project was completed just before Brunel’s death in 1859. It is nowadays a scheduled monument. I visited the bridge with Susan and Daniel Hayton on the sunny autumn day, 24 September 2017.
I don’t know when the other track was dismantled but they still existed in the 60s but had gone by 1972. I gather this after watching the pictures on the Disused Stations website.
Under the road bridge by the canal:
The last picture is taken from other side of the canal, from Three Bridge Park:
The bridge is called Windmill Bridge because there was originally a windmill standing on the site.
Photos and text © Katriina Etholén
On the Disused Stations website you can find a great article with many historical pictures of the structure. If you find the structure interesting, then I really do recommend you to check it.
About the bridge on Historic England website.