Discover with Timothy Tye
Anson Bridge

Start here

Anson BridgeAnson Bridge (19 March, 2010)


Anson Bridge is a small historical bridge in George Town, Penang. It links Beach Street to Bridge Street.

I have known about the Anson Bridge for quite some time, and have briefly documented it when I was researching the Prangin Canal. In the past week (of March 2010), there has been renewed interest in restoring the Anson Bridge, so I revisited the area.

To say the least, Anson Bridge is insignificant to the eyes. You might not even notice it unless you pay full attention. It is located over Bridge Street just before the traffic lights of Prangin Road junction. The bridge goes across Prangin Canal, parts of which is still visible. So what's the big deal with Anson Bridge.

Anson Bridge is a very important bridge in 19th century George Town. Historically, it provides the main link between George Town and the hinterland. (Up until the third quarter of the 19th century, George Town reached as far as Prangin Canal, and the land south of the canal was regarded as countryside.) According to oral history (people I spoke of who remember seeing the bridge in their childhood days), the bridge is an arch bridge that is higher than the roads. This allows perahus to pass easily under it.

View across Anson BridgeView across Anson Bridge (19 March, 2010)


If you look at Anson Bridge today, it is almost street level. This is because the surrounding roads have been paved over many times, the result of which, the roads are now much higher than before. You can notice this by looking at the level of the surrounding houses. The detrimental effect of having such high roads is that during severe downpours, the houses quickly get flooded.

Anson Bridge was named after Major General Archibald Edward Harbord Anson, who was the Lieutenant Governor of Penang from 1867 to 1871 (read Governors of the Straits Settlement).

At time of writing, I am still trying to figure out the year that Anson Bridge was built, but judging from whom it was named after, I would suppose that the year from 1867 to the end of the 19th century would be when the bridge was built. That coincides with when land reclamation took place, the result of which Prangin Road Ghaut was created. I suppose this is also when Anson Road was built, and named after the same governor.

Considering the significance of Anson Bridge, the local government should take steps to restore it. It would also be proper if a plaque can be erected so that the story of the bridge can be appreciated by the people today.

Nearby Sights

Nearby Shopping

Location of Anson Bridge on the map

List of Bridges in Penang and Bridges in Malaysia

Add your shop/business to this website

The Penang Travel Tips website is a huge website that documents everything in Penang. On top of the hundreds of streets and tourist attractions, I also add in hundreds of shops and businesses.

If you operate a shop business in Penang, or anywhere in Malaysia or Singapore, contact me to add your business/shop into my website. It only a one-time fee, and your shop/business will be listed by location and category, helping your would-be customers find you. To find out more, CONTACT ME

Visiting Penang? Find the lowest hotel room rates here!

Use our search engine to compare room rates from different hotel booking websites, to find the one that's lowest.

Travelling somewhere?

If you're travelling somewhere, use our online engine to find the online booking site that offers you the best room rates.

Book your hotel room here

If you're coming to Penang, book your hotel room online with Agoda. Agoda offers the best prices on 2,000,000+ properties worldwide. Start here.

Local Guided Tours of Penang

If you are coming to Penang and need someone to show you around, I can arrange for you a licensed tour guide to take you around. Guides charge a fixed fee of RM360 for taking a small group of up to 10 people on 4-hour walking tours. Walking tours exceeding 4 hours is charged an additional RM90 per hour. Tours are tailored to guest requirement. For more details, contact tour coordinator. Other types of tours also available. For details, click here.

Looking for a book? Get it from Book Depository with free delivery worldwide!

I have just discovered Book Depository, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, and I love it. This is where you can buy books and have them sent to you. But unlike Amazon, when you purchase using Book Depository, you enjoy free delivery worldwide. Give it a try today!

 Latest Pages on my websites

Here's a list of the latest pages I have added or updated on my website.

My YouTube Videos

Timothy Tye YouTube Channel

Check out my YouTube Channel and don't forget to subscribe!

Take the CAT Free Feeder Bus

What's the best way to see Penang on a budget? Take the bus! In Penang, there are at least 12 absolutely FREE bus routes which cover almost every major neighbourhood on Penang Island and Penang Mainland. All you need to do is hop aboard!

Details

 List of 797 Streets in Penang

 Vital Links

Book Your Express Bus Ticket | Hire a car | Our Recipes | Facebook Posts | Just Curious | Not In The Dictionary | Our Flowering Garden

 List of 3607 Sights in Penang

 Vital Links

Book Your Express Bus Ticket | Engage a Tour Guide for Penang | What's Up at Penang Hotels | Hire a car | Facebook Posts | Our Recipes | Our Flowering Garden | Guide Book on Penang Durians

 Discover the World

About Me

Thank you for visiting my website. I started it in 2003, and today it has over twenty thousand pages of information. My name is . I would be very pleased if you enjoy the information I have put together.

As a Christian, I hope that through this website, I am able to deliver God's message to all who need it, anywhere in the world. If you are open to hearing it, please read God's Good News to You.

If you wish to contact me, please use this contact form. And don't forget to follow me on Facebook. See you!

Copyright © 2003-2018 Timothy Tye. All Rights Reserved.