Tadpole Bridge

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Tadpole Bridge
Tadpole bridge in December mist
Coordinates 51°42′08″N 1°31′00″W / 51.702248°N 1.516643°W / 51.702248; -1.516643Coordinates: 51°42′08″N 1°31′00″W / 51.702248°N 1.516643°W / 51.702248; -1.516643
Carries unnumbered road
Crosses River Thames
Locale Bampton, Oxfordshire
Maintained by Oxfordshire County Council
Design arch
Material stone
Height 14 feet 10 inches (4.52 m)
No. of spans 1
Load limit 18 tonnes (18 long tons; 20 short tons)
Opened late 18th century

Tadpole Bridge is a road bridge across the River Thames in Oxfordshire, England, carrying a road between Bampton to the north and Buckland to the south. It crosses the Thames on the reach above Shifford Lock.

The bridge dates from the late 18th century, the earliest reference to it being in 1784. It is built of stone, and consists of one large arch.[1]

There is a public house near Tadpole Bridge called The Trout. Thacker noted that at one time the legend over the door read "The Trout, kept by A. Herring".[1] The Trout is now a hotel and gastropub.[2]

The Thames Path crosses Tadpole Bridge.

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  1. ^ a b Thacker, Fred. S. (1968) [1920]. The Thames Highway: Volume II Locks and Weirs. Newton Abbot: David and Charles. p. not cited. 
  2. ^ The Trout at Tadpole Bridge
Next crossing upstream River Thames Next crossing downstream
Rushey Lock (pedestrian) Tadpole Bridge Tenfoot Bridge (pedestrian)
Next crossing upstream Thames Path Next crossing downstream
southern bank
Radcot Bridge
Tadpole Bridge northern bank
Tenfoot Bridge