Medley Footbridge

From Wikishire
Jump to: navigation, search
Medley Footbridge
Medley Footbridge from the Thames towpath
Carrying: Footpath
Crossing: River Thames
Grid reference: Expression error: Unexpected < operator.&y=Expression error: Unexpected < operator.&z=120 Medley Footbridge
Location: 51°45’50"N, 1°16’49"W
Design: Arch
Material: Iron

Medley Footbridge is a pedestrian bridge across the River Thames near the village of Binsey on the outskirts of Oxford. It is also known as Rainbow Bridge, although there is another bridge of that name in the University Parks in Oxford.

Both banks crossed by this bridge are in Oxfordshire; the county border running along the old course of the Thames, which here is marked by a backwater called the Seacourt Stream.

The bridge bears a plaque with a misspelling which has given rise to a third name, the Subsription Bridge:[1]

This bridge was erected by public subsription [sic] through the exertion and during the shrievalty of Henry Grant Esquire. A.D. 1865.
The plaque

A second plaque, using the name Rainbow Bridge, records its restoration in 1997.

The bridge joins the west bank of the river to Fiddler's Island in the stream. There is another bridge linking the island to the east bank, just above the point at which the Castle Mill Stream diverges to the east of the navigable channel. The name 'Medley' for the west bank of the Thames at this point designates the 'middle island' between Osney and Binsey.[2]

See also

Outside links


  1. Davies, Mark (2001). A Towpath Walk in Oxford. Oxford: Oxford Towpath Press. p. 85. 
  2. Davies. A Towpath Walk in Oxford, p. 78.

Bridges and crossings on the River Thames
Swinford Toll Bridge A34 Road Bridge Godstow Bridge Medley Footbridge Osney Bridge Osney Rail Bridge Gasworks Bridge