Windsor Town Bridge - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Virtual tour panorama showing the view of Windsor, Eton and the River Thames taken from Windsor Town Bridge on Thames Street on a sunny spring day. Image taken in early April 2011.
Windsor Town Bridge - FURTHER INFORMATION
Windsor Town Bridge - Windsor visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Windsor Town Bridge' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Berkshire.
History of a river crossing here at Windsor dates back to the times of William the Conqueror when a wooden bridge was built in around 1100 connecting the north bank, which became Eton, with the fort (now Windsor Castle) he built on Clewer Hill overlooking the river. Interestingly, tolls were charged to river traffic passing beneath the bridge, a lucrative trade in the days when there were few roads.
The current iron bridge over the river was built between 1822 and 1824 at a cost of £15,000 and using iron, a new material at the time which had also been used in the refurbishment of Windsor Parish Church nearby. The Windsor Corporation who built the bridge charged a toll for its use, including a toll of six shillings for carrying a corpse over the bridge. Eventually, after much public protest which eventually drew the attention of Parliament, in 1898 the toll gates were removed.
Windsor Town Bridge was not built with modern traffic in mind, and by the 1940's it was showing severe damage. This led to the closure of the bridge to road traffic in 1970. By 2000 the bridge had become too week even to cope with much pedestrian traffic and was then repaired and refurbished, opening again to pedestrian traffic only in 2002 in time for H.M. Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee.
Today, Windsor Town Bridge is a popular landmark, free from traffic, next to The Promenade where river cruises depart and boats can be hired by visitors.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Bus: Windsor & Eton Riverside Station (M4), Theatre Royal (71, 191, 200)
Flight: Heathrow Airport, 12 miles east of Windsor.
Road: Windsor is close to junction 6 of the M4, about 30 miles west of central London and 8 miles from the M25.
Train: Windsor & Eton Central Rail Station, Windsor & Eton Riverside Rail Station.