No 169. Shiplake Rail Bridge

This bridge carries the main line from Paddington to Bristol, Cardiff and beyond and has 17’-10” headroom.   The village of Lower Shiplake on the northern side was the childhood home of the author George Orwell who was brought up in a house near the station called Roselawn.   The church in this village contains some excellent examples of medieval stained glass from the 15th century which were rescued by a local gentleman during the French Revolution.   On the other side of the river in Wargrave the church of St Mary the Virgin was not so lucky as it was burned down by suffragettes in the early 20th century after an argument with the vicar who would not remove the word ‘obey’ from  the traditional marriage service!   Wargrave was also the home of Gertrude Jekyll, the celebrated garden designer.