Thursday, 4 April 2013
So farewell Walton Temporary.
During a wartime bombing raid on the Vickers aircraft factory at the old Brooklands race track the bridge that spanned the Thames at Walton was seriously damaged. A temporary military bridge was laid and rather than the more usual Bailey Bridge, a Callender-Hamilton model was used. I don't know how long it was originally intended to keep this bridge but "Walton Temporary" as it came to be known is finally to be demolished and replaced by a modern "permanent" structure. They can't leave anything alone can they? In truth the new bridge looks elegant if it does lacks the romance of the much loved "temporary". Walton Temporary image Oliver White.