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Wallingford Bridge
River Thames, Wallingford, Oxfordshire
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date  circa 1220 onwards
UK era  Medieval  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SU609895
ICE reference number  HEW 2366
A bridge with a chequered history, four of Wallingford's original early 13th century arches still exist but its 16 other original arches have been through various adventures.
Four arches were knocked down in 1646 during the Civil War when Wallingford Castle was being defended against the Parliamentarians. Timber structures took their place until 1751 when rebuilding took place.
Four river arches were destroyed by Thames floods in 1809 and a fifth was removed. All five were replaced by three larger Bath stone arches and the bridge was widened to the north by 5ft at the same time. The new central arch spans 39ft and the other two span 25ft.
The rest of the bridge is made of flints, stone, rubble, brickwork and some dressed stone. The four original arches were extensively repaired in the 16th century.
reference sources   BBCEH Lond

Wallingford Bridge