Ord Bridge

Ord Bridge

Coordinates: 1°17′27.3″N 103°50′38.4″E / 1.290917°N 103.844°E / 1.290917; 103.844

Ord Bridge spans over the Singapore River.

Ord Bridge (Chinese: 渥桥) is a pedestrian bridge in Singapore. It spans the Singapore River at Clarke Quay, located in the Singapore River Planning Area within the Central Area, Singapore's central business district.

The Ord Bridge was built in 1886 to replace a demolished footbridge known as the ABC Bridge. The steel truss bridge was named after Colonel Sir Harry St. George Ord (1819-1885), the first British Governor of the Straits Settlements (1867-1873) after it was given the Crown Colony status.

The new name was also an abbreviation of its old name, Ordnance Bridge, which was a reference to the British ordnance depot along Magazine Road. It was also known as Toddy Bridge as there were toddy shops in nearby Pulau Saigon, an island on Singapore River which has since been reclaimed.

On 3 November 2008, the bridge was selected for conservation as part of the Urban Redevelopment Authority's expanded conservation programme[1].

See also

References

  • National Heritage Board (2006), Discover Singapore - Heritage Trails, ISBN 981-05-6433-3
  • Victor R Savage, Brenda S A Yeoh (2004), Toponymics - A Study of Singapore Street Names, Eastern University Press, ISBN 981-210-364-3

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