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Newbridge Bridge Oxfordshire Ancient Thames Crossing

Updated on September 21, 2014

Newbridge Thames Crossing and Ancient Frontier

Newbridge was until recent times a bridge on the ancient frontier between Old Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Even today it is an isolated place with just the bridge and the two pubs at each end. Curiously Newbridge is the oldest extant bridge on the Thames, the older Radcot Bridge having been rebuilt after the Civil War. The River Windrush joins the Thames here helping to add to an air of magic and mystery which must have been a meeting and resting place for travellers for centuries.

Stop Press : Newbridge Bridge now reopened

The A415 at Newbridge will be closed between February 19 and 27. The county council will use the time to complete resurfacing and repair work at the bridge. Light traffic will be diverted via Bampton and Buckland, while heavy goods vehicles will be sent via the A420, A34 and A40. The Maybush & Rose Revived Pubs remain open.

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NewBridge reflected in the Thames, January 2012

NewBridge reflected in the Thames, January 2012
NewBridge reflected in the Thames, January 2012

Newbridge Bridge Repairs 2011 Gallery

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Resurfacing the road. February 2011Repairing the Wall. February 2011Maybush Inn open as usual
Resurfacing the road. February 2011
Resurfacing the road. February 2011
Repairing the Wall. February 2011
Repairing the Wall. February 2011
Maybush Inn open as usual
Maybush Inn open as usual

Maybush Inn Flood History Gallery

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Maybush Inn uninsurable against floodsMaybush Inn warning not to park in Lower carpark
Maybush Inn uninsurable against floods
Maybush Inn uninsurable against floods
Maybush Inn warning not to park in Lower carpark
Maybush Inn warning not to park in Lower carpark

Southern side of Newbridge , Maybush Side

The Maybush Inn is curiously built on a kind of seasonal Island between the two stretches of bridge which make up Newbridge bridge! The Maybush is seriously flooded every twenty years or so. There are photos of floods in the 1920s, 1988 and 2007.

The Maybush pub which dates from the 17th Century is not newer than the Rose Revived, it was build as a Post House. They Maybush has a most delightful balcony over the Thames with the best view of the bridge itself.

The Maybush is famously to be viewed in a 1799 etching, it is not possible to say whether the Rose Revived also existed at this time because the painting is taken from the Rose Revived bank

Newbridge bridge from Maybush Pub Garden

Newbridge Facts

  1. The Windrush River joins the Thames at Newbridge practically at the bridge.
  2. The bridge was built in the 13th Century by monks on the orders of King John in order to improve trade between the wool towns. It was completed in 1250.
  3. The Planned 2007 reenactment of the 1644 Civil War Skirmish was washed out by floods
  4. The Bridge has 12 Spans of which 5 are in the Water
  5. The Maybush is the newer pub, it was formerly the Post House. The Roses Return was a coaching Inn
  6. The bridge used to have 51 arches.
  7. The next road bridge upstream is the Tadpole Bridge which also has a pub called the Trout Inn.
  8. The next footbridge upstream is at Old Shifford Lock and is called Tenfoot Bridge
  9. The next road bridge downstream is I believe Swinford Toll Bridge
  10. Next footbridge downstream is Hart's Weir Footbridge
  11. The Windrush Walk from Standlake ends at Newbridge
  12. The bridge was very important for the Wool trade being the link between the Blanket Industry of Witney and the Berkshire Downs and Sheep Fairs of West Illsey.

The Rose Revived Pub Newbridge

The Rose Revived Pub provides accommodation and has a conference centre for up to 35 delegates, they also specialize in weddings.

The Rose Revived appears in Samuel Ireland's 1791 painting of Newbridge

English Civil War, Battle of Newbridge

1644: The bridge was the scene of a English Civil War skirmish on May 27th, 1644, in which Sir William Waller was repulsed, "retiring", says Taunt, "to Abingdon, where he revenged himself by destroying the beautiful market cross".

June the 2nd 1644 Sir William Waller (Parliamentarian) seizes Newbridge near Oxford to control crossings of the River Thames above and below the city. The Tower Hamlets Trained Bands led by Captain Christopher Gore and a captain from the Kentish regiment with a body of commanded musketeers from the two units, seized the Royalist position at Newbridge by crossing the Thames in punts, took 30 prisoners and opened the route to Oxford.

1644: The bridge was the scene of a English Civil War skirmish on May 27th, 1644, in which Sir William Waller was repulsed, "retiring", says Taunt, "to Abingdon, where he revenged himself by destroying the beautiful market cross".

Sir William Waller seizes Newbridge near Oxford to control crossings of the River Thames above and below the city.

The Earl of Essex reaches Islip, north-east of Oxford. King Charles makes a feint attack towards Abingdon, forcing Waller to fall back to its defense.

Famous WWII Pillbox Toppling into the Windrush at Newbridge

Newbridge in a Golden Sunset from the May Bush Pub Garden - The roofs of the Rose Revived may be just seen

Maybush Pub Newbridge has Own Traffic Lights

The dip between the sections of the bridge would make exiting the pub's risky, so they have their own traffic light button plus a special phasing pf the traffic lights.

NewBridge Walks

  1. The Windrush Walk (Newbridge-Standlake)
  2. Newbridge-Old Shifford-Standlake-Newbridge

    Quite long, good map required

  3. The Thames Path Down Stream

    Leave Newbridge on the northern or Rose Revived bank, keep walking until you get to the Harts Weir bridge (Rainbow bridge) then return to Newbridge on the southern (Maybush Inn) bank (Afternoon or Pub Walk)

  4. Circular Walk to Longworth. (afternoon walk)

Newbridge Video, Windrush,Maybush & Rose Revived Pubs

The Windrush joins the Thames at Newbridge

The Windrush joins the Thames in a curiously timid and discrete manner. I don't know if its junction has been managed by the river authorities. The Windrush which is mostly unnavigable makes its way though or around Standlake then passes through Witney before entering the Windrush valley. It bypasses now silent mills and blanket mills before passing through beautiful Burford and touristic Bourton on the Water. The Cotswold country it pases through is exquisite.

Rose Revived Pub with Thames Path Sign

Maybush Pub Viewed from the Bridge

The Next Bridge Upstream Tadpole Bridge

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Build a New bridge or Bypass at Newbridge?

Building a new modern bridge at Newbridge has been proposed for years. While this might help preserve the current bridge locals are opposed. Firstly it would inevitably uglify this beautiful unspoiled part of England but would also vastly increase the traffic particularly of heavy vehicles who at present cannot use the bridge. The route would become even more of a rat run between the A34 and the A40.

Stone Henge Farm Quarry Proposal

Hanson the gravel company want to extract gravel from Stone Henge farm which is behind the Rose revived Inn. They propose to use a conveyor belt to transport the gravel to their existing processing plant between Standlake and Stanton Harcourt. Locals oppose click the map to go to the Outrage website.

The Devil's Quoits at Stanton Harcourt

The Devil's Quoits apparently gave Stanton Harcourt its name, Stanton meaning Farm by the Stones; the Harcourts were a powerful local family. The Quoits were flattened when an WW2 Airfield was constructed at Stanton Harcourt. A few stones survived and efforts are being made to reopen the Quoits to the public. They are currently on private land owned by the Hanson.

Newbridge in the Snow Xmas 2010 from the beer garden of the Maybush Inn

Newbridge in the Snow Xmas 2010 from the beer garden of the Maybush Inn
Newbridge in the Snow Xmas 2010 from the beer garden of the Maybush Inn

Newbridge Thames Photo Gallery

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January 2011 Partial Flood at NewbridgeJanuary 2011 Partial Flood at Newbridge
January 2011 Partial Flood at Newbridge
January 2011 Partial Flood at Newbridge
January 2011 Partial Flood at Newbridge
January 2011 Partial Flood at Newbridge

Newbridge on Google Maps

View the Thames and Bridge at Newbridge aerial view using Google Maps

Newbridge, Maybush Inn 1900s from an Old Postcard

The building on the Right is long demolished, it carries an enamel sign "Lloyds News Read Everywhere".

The Rose Revived can be seen in the distance. The Rose revived was the Coaching Inn and the Maybush the Post House, was the building on the right the Toll House?

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      indigogirl lm 7 years ago

      Nice lens I've lived on the Thames all my life and I don't think I have ever visited Newbridge. Looks like it may well be worth a visit in the summer : )