Tadpole Bridge

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Tadpole Bridge
Tadpole bridge in December mist
Coordinates51°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
CarriesThames Path, Road
CrossesRiver Thames
LocaleBampton, Oxfordshire
Maintained byOxfordshire County Council
Height14 feet 10 inches (4.52 m)
No. of spans1
Load limit18 tonnes (18 long tons; 20 short tons)
Openedlate 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. It is a Grade II listed building.[1]

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.[2]

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".[2] The Trout is now a hotel and gastropub.[3]

The Thames Path crosses Tadpole Bridge.

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  1. ^ "Tadpole Bridge and flanking walls". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Thacker, Fred. S. (1968) [1920]. The Thames Highway: Volume II Locks and Weirs. Newton Abbot: David and Charles. p. not cited.
  3. ^ 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