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Engineer Thomas Page was appointed to build the bridge, and presented the

Engineer Thomas Page was appointed to build the bridge, and presented the Commission with several potential designs, including a seven-span stone bridge, a five-span cast iron arch bridge, and a suspension bridge.[14] The Commission selected the suspension bridge design, and work began in 1851 on the new bridge, to be called the Victoria Bridge.[15]

Design and construction
Suspension bridge crossing a wide river. A few buildings can be seen behind the bridge.
 
The first Chelsea Bridge as seen from Battersea in 1858, shortly after opening. The Victoria Tower of the Palace of Westminster can be seen under construction in the background.

Page's design was typical of suspension bridges of the period, and consisted of a wrought iron deck and four 97-foot (30 m)