No 207. Eaton Footbridge

This footbridge, 9’9”high crosses the river at the point of the last ‘flash’ lock on the Thames.   This style of lock was rather like a weir with a removable gate .   The boat would pass through on the ‘flash’ of  water when the gate was opened.   Close to the north of this bridge lies Kelmscott Manor which was the home of William Morris, one of the instigators of the Arts & Crafts movement.   It is now open to the public and houses a museum of textiles and design.   No doubt Morris and his associates were influenced in their floral designs by the many wild flowers that grow in this rather remote area.