Revival, protection, promotion and education – some of OPT’s key strengths and illustrated brilliantly in the case of the London, Midland and Scottish railway (LMS) swingbridge. And who else is going to save this but OPT?
Sitting in an ‘open’ position on either side of the Sheepwash Channel, fenced off from the towpath for safety, the LMS Swingbridge is one of two moving bridges on the Thames – the other being Tower Bridge, now rusting away and seemingly forgotten, the final relic of the now absent second railway line in Oxford.
This scheduled monument has a big story to tell, one it is easy to overlook at first glance. This is a tale not just of the railway coming to Oxford, but of the part Oxford played in railways across England, of Robert Stephenson and Isambard Brunel and the battle for east-west and north-south, and of the ‘Great Exhibition’ of 1851.
Read more about this fascinating monument:
- An epic battle. Oxford’s Railway History
- Celebrating Oxford’s Industrial past. The history of the LMS Swingbridge
- What next for the LMS Swingbridge?
Click here to watch a video from the Huntley Archive of the Swingbridge in operation in the 1970s.
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