Another Morning Spin

It was degrees 3C when I left home around 10, headed to Abingdon to see what repairs if any have been carried out on the bridge.

This is what I found in Thames Street, it appears that there are a number of scaffold tubes driven into the river bed. The pontoon / floaty thing is then manoeuvred into position against the tubes and the repairs can begin. Not sure I’d fancy working in those conditions, cold, damp and cramped. The repairers compound is to the right.

Looking behind from where I stood for the previous photo is the brick and stone bridge leading to the boarded up former Upper Reaches Hotel, this closed down quite a few years ago now.

This was taken from the other side of the hotel’s bridge, to the left is the exit of the mill stream, I couldn’t get a closer shot as it is so over grown, though I could hear the water descending the mill race.

This is at the far end of Thames Street, the building dates from the 15th Century when when it was believed to be a granary, part of the mill. Subsequently it was know as Checker Hall when is was converted to house the miller. In June 1953 it opened as the Unicorn Theatre and has been serving the local community ever since.

That would be the end of today’s photos, though I did carry on riding round my favourite lanes for another hour and a half. Returning home the temperature had jumped to 4 degrees.

8 response to "Another Morning Spin"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 4, 2022

    That was a cold start to your ride and didn’t improve much.
    Interesting how the pontoons are used in the bridge repair, never seen anything like that.
    The Hotel must have been quite the place back in the day, and probably retains much of that splendor.
    When buildings etc were built back then, they were intended to last!

    • By: DJG Posted: December 4, 2022

      Due to get colder as well Rich.
      The hotel has river frontage with private moorings and in its day was quite popular.
      The theatre and other the building around are well preserved.

    • By: DJG Posted: December 4, 2022

      Yes I think you’re right as the local forecast is for colder weather by the end of the coming week.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: December 5, 2022

    Your cold riding does indeed relate to my cold riding! I however have been iced in for too many days. The thaw will come starting with big rains which will initially turn to icy roads for a while until those temps rise šŸ„“.

    I like your photos and particularly find the Unicorn Theatre building quite beautiful built in that glorious stone.

    • By: DJG Posted: December 5, 2022

      Do take care when you do get out.
      The whole area local to the Unicorn is lovely, further north in the county the stone turns to a honey colour.

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: December 5, 2022

    About the same temperature here – I don’t last as long as you do, though.

    • By: DJG Posted: December 5, 2022

      Our forecast is for colder weather heading from the Artic later in the week.
      Stay safe.

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