Wallingford Bridge

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Wallingford Bridge
UK-Wallingford Bridge.JPG
Wallingford Bridge from downstream
Coordinates51°36′02.5″N 1°07′13.5″W / 51.600694°N 1.120417°W / 51.600694; -1.120417Coordinates: 51°36′02.5″N 1°07′13.5″W / 51.600694°N 1.120417°W / 51.600694; -1.120417
CrossesRiver Thames
Maintained byOxfordshire County Council
Total length900 feet (270 m)
Height16 feet 5 inches (5.00 m)[1]
No. of spans19

Wallingford Bridge is a medieval road bridge over the River Thames in England which connects Wallingford and Crowmarsh Gifford, Oxfordshire (Wallingford was historically in Berkshire until 1974 reorganization). It crosses the Thames on the reach between Cleeve Lock and Benson Lock. The bridge is 900 feet long and has 19[2] arches but most traffic now crosses Winterbrook Bridge, built as part of the by-pass to the south of the town in 1993.


The first reference to a bridge across the Thames between Wallingford and Crowmarsh Gifford is from 1141, when King Stephen besieged Wallingford Castle. The first stone bridge is credited to Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall, and four remaining arches are believed to contain 13th century elements. Major repairs used stone from the dissolved Holy Trinity Priory in 1530. Four arches were removed so a drawbridge could be inserted during the siege of the castle in the Civil War of 1646, and these were replaced with timber structures until repair in 1751. Following a flood, three arches were rebuilt by Richard Clarke from 1810–1812 to a design by John Treacher (1760–1836) developed in 1809, and a parapet and balustrade added.[3][4]

Bench marks[edit]

There are three Ordnance Survey bench marks on the bridge. A cut mark over the centre of the river on the south parapet,[5] another cut mark near the east end of the bridge on the north parapet[6] and a flush bracket numbered 11 used during the second geodetic levelling of England and Wales close to the river bank on the south side of the bridge.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ River Thames Alliance. Bridge heights on the River Thames[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ https://thames.me.uk/s01330.htm
  3. ^ Thacker, Fred. S. (1968) [1920]. The Thames Highway: Volume II Locks and Weirs. Newton Abbot: David and Charles. p. not cited.
  4. ^ Ditchfield, P. H.; Page, William (1906). The Victoria history of Berkshire. edited by P.H. Ditchfield and William Page. [London: Constable]. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.28982.
  5. ^ "Cut Mark: Wallingford Bridge, South Parapet". Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Cut Mark: Wallingford Bridge, North Parapet". Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Flush Bracket OSBM 11: Wallingford Bridge". Retrieved 9 December 2016.

External links[edit]

Next crossing upstream River Thames Next crossing downstream
Benson Lock (pedestrian) Wallingford Bridge
Grid reference: SU610894
Winterbrook Bridge (road)