No 191. Folly Bridge

Viewed from the river looking upstream.

This bridge marks the point where cattle were driven across the river in ancient times thus giving Oxford its name.  There was a causeway here in the 16th Century which was known to consist of over 40 arches to enable water to pass freely and the remains of a previous Saxon Bridge are still visible.  It is also believed that it is the site of an observatory used in the middle ages by the philosopher Roger Bacon, and was at one time kept in repair by a charity administered by ‘bridge hermits’ although the scope of their duties remains obscure.