No 174. Gatehampton Rail Bridge

Built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for The Great Western Railway in the 1840s, this bridge is 22’10” high and is situated at Lower Basildon.   At this point the river passes through the steep and wooded Goring Gap in the Chiltern Hills, together with the railway and road.   This part of the river is very deep and seems very calm and slow moving although this is not the case as there are some very dangerous waters in this area.   A short walk upstream from the bridge is the very pretty small town of Goring on Thames which has several famous (and wealthy) residents.   Downstream is the small settlement of Lower Basildon where Jethro Tull, the pioneer of mechanised farming is buried.