Two Bridges Over Time

[Clifford Bridge or also known as Jembatan Rangas]

This is a postcard of the Clifford Bridge or is popularly known as Jembatan Rangas. This one was built in the 1920s replacing an older wooden bridge. This bridge is still in existence today. If you happen to be crossing the river into Bandar, you can see the old bridge on the left. It was just left there. The bridge was very narrow and only allowed one car to go through. This is a slight enlargement in them middle of the bridge which does one car to stop there to allow another car to go through.

There was a feature in the postcard which I overlook previously. But this time I have marked it. The old Istana Darussalam is clearly visible in the postcard. I was told that this is the original palace. It was rebuilt and moved slightly inland at the current site.

[Edinburgh Bridge]

This is the newer Edinburge Bridge. This is the original Edinburgh bridge and it allows cars on both sides of the road to go through. There should be a third postcard which shows another Edinburgh Bridge of today which was built parallel to this one. That's why now there are two lanes going to and from Bandar.

I have again marked Istana Darussalam.

I don't have any idea when the first postcard was taken. I presumed it should be around the late 1950s as most other postcards printed by the same company shows Brunei practically in a building phase after the Second World War. The latter postcard was around the early 1960s. Judging by the angle, both of these were presumably taken from the SOAS Mosque so pinpointing the date of the postcards would be much easier.

Comments

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Anonymous said…
There is a new concrete footbridge constructed along the Jambatan Rangas. I just wonder why the build the footbridge which must cost a few hundred dollars while no body use it. If people want to cross walk there is already foot path on the Edinburgh bridge.
Anonymous said…
There is a new concrete footbridge constructed along the Jambatan Rangas. I just wonder why they build the footbridge which must cost a few hundred dollars while no body use it. If people want to cross walk there is already foot path on the Edinburgh bridge.
KH said…
Dear BR, If I am not mistaken, the original Istana Darussalam - which was built partially over water - was destroyed by a fire and later rebuilt on land.
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