No 147. Runnymede Bridge

Opened in 1978 to carry the newly constructed M25 around London this must be one of the busiest bridges over the Thames.   Looking upstream from the bridge (not recommended for drivers) there is a good view of Bell Weir lock which was opened in the early 19th century.   The name of Bell Weir was known to exist in the 1300s which suggests that there was some form of river control at this point from at least the reign of King John.   Neolithic remains were also found here during the construction of the bridge.



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