Goring and Streatley Bridge

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Goring and Streatley Bridge
Goring and Streatley Bridge
on the Goring side from Goring Lock
Carrying: B4009
Crossing: River Thames
Location: 51°31’23"N, 1°8’33"W
Built 1923

Goring and Streatley Bridge is a road bridge across the River Thames, linking the twin villages of Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, and Streatley, Berkshire. The county border runs along the west bank of the Thames here, placing the bridge entirely in Oxfordshire. At the Goring end, it is adjacent to Goring Lock.

The present bridge was built in 1923, and is in two parts: The western bridge is from Streatley to an island in the river (overlooking The Swan hotel); The eastern bridge is from the island to Goring and overlooks Goring Lock. The bridge consists of timber struts supporting a metal roadway.

Both the Thames Path and The Ridgeway cross the Thames on this bridge.

A bridge was first built here in 1837 being a flat timber bridge of beams on posts. Prior to this there was a ferry although occasionally people would ride across, even driving in a one-horse chaise. In 1674 the ferry turned over in the weir pool with the loss of sixty lives.[1] In the 1970s a Citroën Dyane crashed through the railings at the Streatley end of the bridge landing on a concrete weir 16 feet below. The local Citroën dealer used the photo to illustrate the inherent strength of their upmarket 2CV

See also


  1. Fred. S. Thacker The Thames Highway: Volume II Locks and Weirs 1920 - republished 1968 David & Charles