Eaton Footbridge

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Eaton Footbridge
Berkshire, Oxfordshire
Eaton Footbridge.jpg
Carrying: footpath
Crossing: River Thames
Grid reference: SU24669854
Location: 51°41’6"N, 1°38’41"W
Material: Wood

Eaton Footbridge is a wooden footbridge across the upper River Thames, between Oxfordshire on the north bank and Berkshire on the south bank. It is situated on the reach above Grafton Lock.

The bridge was built in 1936 on the site of the last flash lock on the river which was in a weir known as Hart’s Weir. The weir and lock, the last remaining on the Thames, were removed that year leaving the mooring cuts which are still in use. There was a lock keeper at the weir and a walkway across which is the precedent for the current bridge. The flash lock was notoriously difficult and Thacker quoted Henry Taunt:

"I recollect one winter in passing this very weir, when lying on my back in the boat to get through, scraping a fair amount of skin off my nose and face though contact with the bridge whilst going under it."[1]

See also


  1. Thacker, Fred. S. (1968) [1920]. The Thames Highway. II: Locks and Weirs. Newton Abbott: David & Charles. p. 48. SBN 7153-4233-9. 

Bridges and crossings on the River Thames
St John's Bridge Bloomers Hole Footbridge Buscot Lock Eaton Footbridge Radcot Bridge Old Man's Bridge Rushey Lock