Bridges and a Smiley Face

Bright sunny crisp day, too cold (for me) to go far today so just a gentle trundle.

This ancient bridge spans Swift Ditch close to its confluence with the Thames. Swift Ditch is a back water of the main stream and cut the long corner of the river as it flows through Abingdon. The land between the ditch and the main river is called Andersey Island. When the river returns to a more normal level I’ll go to the take off for the ditch. The foot bridge in the distance is known as Donkey Bridge and forms part of the Thames Footpath.

Main river slowly dropping back in level. Still plenty of frosty grass despite the bright sun.

Down at lower level, side view of Abingdon Bridge.

This is in the village of Sunningwell, I’ve been meaning to take this shot for ages and finally got there.

From here it was a case of trying to avoid the masses of roadworks we seem to have and the frozen puddles on the untreated lanes.

11 response to "Bridges and a Smiley Face"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 18, 2023

    1416! And I thought the culvert on 7th street was old having been built in 1940. πŸ™‚
    Thats just amazing to me.

    Nice smiley on the gum dropped shaped hedge!

    • By: DJG Posted: January 19, 2023

      For such an old bridge it is quite wide, taking traffic towards Dorchester and onward to London.

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: January 18, 2023

    Bridge more than 600 years old?!? I suspect our beloved span across the Golden Gate won’t last nearly that long.

    • By: DJG Posted: January 19, 2023

      Known as Culham Old Bridge it was superseded by Culham New Bridge in 1928. From that time this bridge has taken all of the wheeled traffic into and out of Abingdon.

  3. By: NancyG Posted: January 19, 2023

    We over here have no real concept of old things lasting for hundreds of years. We are lucky if something is still there in 70-100 years! Manny things seem to be built with obsolescence in mind an will need replacing.
    I so appreciate stone bridges, and the smiley face β€” brings a smile. ;’-).

    • By: DJG Posted: January 19, 2023

      I’ve read the same concerning Australia and New Zealand.

      • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 19, 2023

        Well, ya know . . . . .
        One might think they would have built things to last. πŸ˜‰

        What Nancy said β€” a brick mason in Pennsylvania was working at a construction site of a new strip mall and was told not to worry too much about it because they only expected the building to last 40 years or so.

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: January 19, 2023

    Love that hedge in Sunningwell, and a great name for the town, too.

    • By: DJG Posted: January 19, 2023

      Hi Suzanne, Sunningwell is a small village to the north of Abingdon, dates back to the 9th century. Not much there primary school, church, pub and a School of Art. Apart from the art school a pretty typical village.

  5. By: gregblood Posted: January 19, 2023

    That frost was so heavy I actually thought it might be snow. Alas, I was wrong. I agree with everyone else, the smiley face hedge is very fanciful.

    • By: DJG Posted: January 19, 2023

      It’s been that frosty for the last four mornings, most days it hasn’t melted.

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