No 161. Cookham Bridge

This bridge was built in 1867 to replace a previous wooden bridge which had fallen into disrepair.   It is constructed of iron to an attractive design and has recently been painted blue.   Until 1950 it was subject to a toll and the toll house can still be seen at the entrance to the bridge from Bourne End.   Cookham is a very old settlement with many historic buildings, eg. Bel and the Dragon, a pub which dates from 1417.   It was also the home of the artist Stanley Spencer who based many of his most famous paintings in the local area.   There is a gallery in the old Wesleyan Chapel which houses a permanent display of his works.