Staines Bridge, Staines
Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
Staines Bridge is a road bridge running in a south-west to north-east direction across the River Thames in Surrey. It is on the modern A308 road and links the boroughs of Spelthorne and Runnymede at Staines-upon-Thames and Egham Hythe.The bridge crosses the Thames on the reach between Penton Hook Lock and Bell Weir Lock, and is close to and upstream of the main mouth of the River Colne, a tributary. The bridge carries the Thames Path across the river.HistoryIn Roman times, Staines-upon-Thames lay on the Devil's Highway, an important road connecting the provincial capital Londinium (London) with points west via Calleva Atrebatum (Silchester). The site's Latin name was Pontes ("The Bridges"), implying that there was more than one bridge. It is believed that these bridges traversed Church Island.A wooden bridge was referenced as early as 1228, and required regular repair. It was put out of use during the Civil War. Under an act of 1791, a stone bridge was built a little way downstream of the old one, the latter being retained. The central arch of this bridge cracked almost immediately and a third bridge of iron was completed in 1803. This failed and a fourth bridge, also of iron was opened in 1807. The old wooden bridge, which had continued in service, was then pulled down. The fifth and present bridge with three arches in white granite was designed by George Rennie. Construction started in 1827, and it was opened in 1832.Plan your visit to Staines Bridge and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Staines holiday planner.
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its just a bridge. no reason to go out of your way to go here. unless you have some kind of bridge hobby, then this may be theplace for you!
Very busy bridge, but well worth a walk over it & a great photo opportunity of the boats & local wildlife.
The vistas up and down the Thames from the bridge are a nice introduction to the area, with pubs on each river bank and boats on the river, old buildings with the modern tat either side.
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