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Good Morning Everyone,

This is a photograph of New Bridge and the river it crosses is the Thames, quite near its source.

Although termed New Bridge,the bridge dates from the 13th century. It was built of Taynton stone by monks on the orders of King John, in order to improve communications between the wool towns in the south of England and the Cotswold farms, and this was named "New Bridge" as it was the youngest out of the three bridges built at the time.

It was originally much longer than it is now, with 51 arches and being 726 yards (664 m) long, compared with the current 12 arches.

Whether New Bridge or Radcot Bridge is the oldest bridge today across the Thames is debatable.

In 1644, in the Civil War, the Battle of Newbridge was fought on the banks of the river. Parliamentarian William Waller attempted to cross in order to surround Oxford and capture King Charles, but was defeated. - Wikipedia.

There is a lovely pub called 'The Rose Revived' by the river, the top of which you can just see above the parapet of the bridge. It's a great place for a drink, on the banks of the Thames!
I will add it as a workshop.

Have a good day, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6763 W: 306 N: 15590] (61675)
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