No 151. Black Potts Rail Bridge

With a height of 19’6”, 5.94m, this bridge was opened in November 1849 several months later than expected as on August 14th that year and one day prior to an official inspection, one of the piers collapsed due to a weakness in the cast iron.  It was built to enable the Royal Train to cross the river into Windsor Town Station, thus making it more convenient for Queen Victoria and her large family when travelling to Windsor at weekends.

It is said that Charles II, who often fished a Black Potts, kept a house locally for his mistress Nell Gwynn.   He also attended many races at the local racecourse.



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