No 172. Caversham Bridge

This bridge was built in the 1920s as the most recent in a long line of crossings on this site.   In the 12th century the ferry crossing was replaced by a wooden bridge with a chapel in the middle.   This was no doubt slightly unpopular as, due to joint ownership by the Earl Marshal of England and the Abbot of Reading, two tolls had to be paid.   The area also saw action during the English Civil War and at one point in the history of this crossing, due to a disagreement, the Caversham side of the bridge was built of stone and the Reading side of metal-reinforced wood!   On the Reading side of the river is a large open space where the pop festival is held each summer and on the Caversham side are many large houses as this is regarded as the smartest part of Reading.