No 167. Upper Hurley Footbridge

This is the upstream bridge which crosses the cut at Hurley Lock and is similar in style to the lower bridge being of wooden construction. This part of the river is very popular with visitors and has many facilities for campers and caravanners. Like many towns along the Thames Hurley was the location of a Benedictine Priory and some remains can still be seen in the village. The church of St Mary was consecrated in 1086 by Osmond the Good, Bishop of Salisbury. The Old Bell in the village is said to be one of the oldest in England and was once the Priory gatehouse. Early records confirm that the river here was forded by the Vikings in 894 on their way to Gloucester.