No 168. Henley Bridge

This stone bridge was built in 1786 to replace a former wooden bridge which was destroyed in the Civil War.   It is one of the most famous bridges on the river as it overlooks the course of the Henley Regatta which is held in July each year and is one of the world’s premium rowing events.   It is still run on the same traditional lines as it has been for centuries and is one of the main events of the British Summer Season.   The bridge has a statue of ‘Old Father Thames’ looking downstream from the centre of the bridge and the goddess ‘Isis’ looking upstream towards Oxford.   Henley is a picturesque town and has many sites of historical interest including a museum of rowing.