High Bridge, Reading

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High Bridge
Canal Bridge, London Street, Reading - geograph.org.uk - 1192504.jpg
View of High Bridge looking downstream
Carries London Street
Crosses River Kennet
Architect Robert Furze Brettingham
Design Vermiculated arch
Material Portland Stone
Opened November 1788
Heritage status Grade II listed[1]
Coordinates 51°27′14.85″N 0°58′6.9″W / 51.4541250°N 0.968583°W / 51.4541250; -0.968583Coordinates: 51°27′14.85″N 0°58′6.9″W / 51.4541250°N 0.968583°W / 51.4541250; -0.968583

High Bridge is a bridge across the River Kennet in the town centre of Reading in the English county of Berkshire. It is the oldest surviving bridge across the Kennet.[2]

History[edit]

The first bridge in Reading to be built over the Kennet was located at Seven Bridges, in the oldest part of town. High Bridge was the second to be built, and provided access to Reading Abbey (founded in 1121) and its environs.[3][4]

By 1788, the original timber-framed bridge required replacement, and a stone bridge able to handle wagon traffic generated by the textile industry was commissioned. Designed by architect Robert Furze Brettingham, it was built at a cost of £3,500.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "High Bridge, Reading". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "11 High Bridge". Reading History Trail. Archived from the original on 26 February 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "High Bridge". Reading History Trail. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Phillips, Daphne (1980). The Story of Reading. Countryside Books. p. 10. ISBN 0-905392-07-8. 
  5. ^ Phillips, Daphne (1980). The Story of Reading. Countryside Books. p. 89. ISBN 0-905392-07-8. 
  6. ^ "Reading in 2003". Berkshire Record Office. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 

External links[edit]

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