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Grover R
⏳ 02-2020

A bridge of growth and beauty

I have never written so many reviews for bridges in such a short span as Singapore. However, each has its own beauty and each its own time and purpose. Again at the old mouth of the Singapore River, this bridge was built around 1900 to carry the expansion of traffic. It is a heavy steel design but clearly more substantial than the historic Cavenagh Bridge and yet overtaken by the modern, geometric Esplanade Bridge. The Anderson is two spans side by side to handle the increase in commerce across the river. However, it has been amended again with one span now serving only pedestrians. Still, the heavy steel arch gives it character and style, and its location between the other two makes it ideal for pictures. Also at night the white painted steel looks amazing in purple light. It is another great bridge on the Singapore river.

Historic Bridge at the mouth of the Singapore River

Opened in 1910, the Anderson bridge and opened by and named after Governor John Anderson, the Commander-in-chief of the Straits Settlement, as Singapore was known at the time.

It’s a vehicular bridge and is close to the newer Esplanade & Jubilee Bridges. Both the Anderson & Esplanade bridges form part of the F1 track every year.

It is, in my opinion, the most elegant and architecturally interesting of the many bridges in this city-state.

And gruesome but interesting side note is that during the Japanese occupation of Singapore, during the Second World War, the severed heads of criminals were hung from the bridge to discourage breaking the law. I’m guessing that was a particularly effective deterrent.

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