Construction on the current bridge was started in 1822 and it opened on June 1, 1824. The bridge has three arches, each comprising seven cast iron segments, and supported in mid-stream by two granite piers.
Built as a road bridge, tolls were originally levied on traffic crossing the bridge. Following some protests and a case, The Mayor &c. of New Windsor and ano. v Joseph Taylor which went to Britain's highest court, the House of Lords, these tolls were scrapped in 1897. In the 20th century the bridge carried the A332, the busy main road between Slough and Windsor.
In 1970, cracks were discovered in some of the cast iron segments, and despite local protests it was decided to close the bridge to all vehicular traffic. All such traffic must now travel between Windsor and Eton via the Queen Elizabeth Bridge on Windsor's by-pass.
In 2002 the bridge was refurbished, with repairs to the structure and new parapets including integral lighting. The bridge deck was replaced using Yorkstone and seating areas provided. The bridge remains in use by pedestrians only and provides an excellent walking route from central Windsor to Eton's High Street, and a good viewing spot for both the river and Windsor Castle.
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Feb 19, 2013 10:20:35 amby bmac62 Homepage »
A venerable old bridge with quite a history. You've used one of the three sweeping arches very successfully guiding the eye right through the heart of the image. The flow of the river against the granite pier provides a sense of the movement and power of the Thames eternally flowing along its course. Nicely done.
Feb 20, 2013 4:51:31 amby Sunflowers159 Homepage »
Escellent shot Fred :)! I took a day trip to Windsor years ago, but I didn't have time to "do" much more than the castle and a short trot around the centre. I'll have to do some research and see how I can get there with enough time to take a walk across this bridge.