Windsor Bridge

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This article is about Windsor Bridge in England. For the Windsor Bridge in Sydney, New South Wales, see Windsor Bridge (New South Wales).
Windsor Bridge
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Windsor Bridge
Official name Windsor Town Bridge
Carries Pedestrians and cycles
Crosses River Thames
Locale Windsor, Berkshire
Design Arch
Material Iron and Granite
Height 13 feet 2 inches (4.01 m)[1]
Number of spans 3
Piers in water 2
Opened June 1, 1824
Toll Abolished 1897
Plaque on Windsor Town Bridge

Windsor Bridge or Windsor Town Bridge, is a road bridge over the River Thames between the towns of Windsor and Eton in the English county of Berkshire. It now only carries pedestrian and cycle traffic, and crosses the Thames just above Romney Lock.

It is likely that the first bridge on this site was built in the 12th century AD. By 1172 it is recorded that Osbert de Bray derived over £4 from tolls levied on vessels passing beneath the bridge. In 1242, permission was granted for oak trees to be felled in Windsor Forest for the purpose of constructing a new bridge between Windsor and Eton. By 1819 the wooden bridge, presumably rebuilt many times over its life, had deteriorated and it was decided to build a new bridge in new materials.

Construction on the current bridge was started in 1822 and it opened on June 1, 1824. The bridge has three arches, each comprising seven cast iron segments, and supported in mid-stream by two granite piers.

Built as a road bridge, tolls were originally levied on traffic crossing the bridge. Following protests and a case, The Mayor &c. of New Windsor and ano. v Joseph Taylor which went to the highest court at the time, these tolls were scrapped in 1897. In the 20th century the bridge carried the A332, the busy main road between Slough and Windsor.

In 1970, cracks were discovered in some of the cast iron segments, and despite local protests, however with almost equal support it was decided to close the bridge to all motorised traffic. All such traffic must now travel between Windsor and Eton via the Queen Elizabeth Bridge on Windsor's bypass 0.25 miles (0.40 km) to the west or for those approaching from Old Windsor or Runnymede the Albert Bridge provides an alternative route via Datchet's High Street.

In 2002 the bridge was refurbished, with repairs to the structure and new parapets including integral lighting. The bridge deck was replaced using Yorkstone and seating areas provided. The bridge remains in use by pedestrians only and provides an excellent walking route from central Windsor to Eton's High Street, and a good viewing spot for both the river and Windsor Castle.

Proximity to Railway terminuses/termini

80m southeast of the bridge is Windsor and Eton Riverside railway station and the town's competing station, Windsor and Eton Central railway station is 200m to the southwest. The destinations are London Waterloo and London Paddington respectively, the former being far closer to the average centre point, Charing Cross. The Central Station offers the "change-at-Slough" service to London of between 41–56 minutes compared to a no-change-required 56–78 minutes for the riverside station.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ River Thames Alliance. Bridge heights on the River Thames.
Windsor Bridge in 1866
Next crossing upstream River Thames Next crossing downstream
Windsor Railway Bridge (rail) Windsor Bridge
Grid reference: SU967772
Black Potts Railway Bridge (rail)
Next crossing upstream Thames Path Next crossing downstream
northern bank
Maidenhead Bridge
Windsor Bridge southern bank
Victoria Bridge

Coordinates: 51°29′09″N 0°36′30″W / 51.48583°N 0.60833°W / 51.48583; -0.60833