No 193. Osney Footpath Bridge

This unusual looking bridge is used daily by many students crossing to and from their lodgings and sports facilities to the various colleges and is often crowded with bicycles.   The area of Osney is named after the Oseney Abbey built in the 12th century.   After the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII the monastery bell known as ‘Great Tom’ was acquired by Christ Church College and now hangs in the famous Tom Tower.   It is still rung 101 times each evening at 9.05pm, originally to warn students of the approaching curfew.   The unusual time is because before the coming of the railway, time varied in most British Towns and Oxford was 5 minutes behind London.   It was only the railway timetables that forced time across the country to be standardised.