Whitchurch Bridge and River Thames - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Virtual tour panorama taken from the banks of the River Thames near Pangbourne showing Whitchurch Bridge, one of the last toll bridges in the UK which links Pangbourne with Whitchurch-on-Thames. The launch site here is used by the local kayaking and rowing club.
Whitchurch Bridge and River Thames - FURTHER INFORMATION
Whitchurch Bridge and River Thames - Pangbourne visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Whitchurch Bridge and River Thames' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Berkshire.
The Whitchurch Bridge is a toll bridge across the River Thames, linking Pangbourne in Berkshire with Whitchurch-on-Thames. This was always one of the earliest crossings of the Thames in Oxfordshire, previously by ferry, at the point where the Ridgeway drops down to the river.
The current bridge, built in 1901-2, is the third such toll bridge built at this crossing. The first, wooden bridge, was built in 1792, and replaced by a second wooden bridge in 1852. The current bridge has 4 spans and is made of latticed iron.
When it first opened, the Whitchurch Bridge charged:
- 1/2d for footperson
- 1/2d for every sheep, lamb, pig, boar or sow
- 2d per mule, donkey, mare, horse, ox, cow, steer, heifer or calf, whether laden or unladen, attached or not attached to a cart.
- 2d per wheel for every carriage with 2 or more wheels.
The original prices are attached to the original toll house on the northern side of the bridge. Today, tolls are collected by a toll both with barriers built on the road on the north side, and toll fees reflect the fact that lorries cause much more wear than cars. Today, cyclists and pedestrians cross for free. The bridge is still owned and managed by the Whitchurch Bridge Company, who are responsible for it's upkeep.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Road: Pangbourne is on the junction of the A329 and A340 roads, about 6 miles west of Reading and 22 miles south of Oxford.
Train: Pangbourne Station, with direct trains to Oxford, Reading and London Paddington station.
Boat: Along the River Thames.