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From The Scanner - Horizontal Style 13/14

BRIDGE OF SIGHS, OXFORD

I’ve only ever visited Oxford twice and I think this was taken during my visit in the mid 1960’s looking at the cars parked in the street. Hertford Bridge, popularly known as the Bridge of Sighs, is a skyway joining two parts of Hertford College over New College Lane in Oxford. Its distinctive design makes it a city landmark. The bridge is often referred to as the Bridge of Sighs because of its supposed similarity to the famous Bridge of Sighs in Venice. However, Hertford Bridge was never intended to be a replica of the Venetian bridge, and indeed it bears a closer resemblance to the Rialto Bridge in the same city.

 

From The Scanner - Horizontal Style 13/14

BRIDGE OF SIGHS, OXFORD

I’ve only ever visited Oxford twice and I think this was taken during my visit in the mid 1960’s looking at the cars parked in the street. Hertford Bridge, popularly known as the Bridge of Sighs, is a skyway joining two parts of Hertford College over New College Lane in Oxford. Its distinctive design makes it a city landmark. The bridge is often referred to as the Bridge of Sighs because of its supposed similarity to the famous Bridge of Sighs in Venice. However, Hertford Bridge was never intended to be a replica of the Venetian bridge, and indeed it bears a closer resemblance to the Rialto Bridge in the same city.

 

comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • 8 Mar 2014, 00:20
Love the collection of veteran cars you have posed along the road, Brian.
Brian Walbey: The cars certainly help date the picture Ray.
Superb capture and scanning Brian... i just love the old cars in this picture... and the bridge is way cool as well....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter, the bridge has been there for many years, and will remain so I presume.
aamzing in B&W!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chantal, helps with the ageing of the photo.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Mar 2014, 07:52
Look at those cars smile and I love these bridges between houses. This is a very fine example. Do you know if it still is there?
Wonderful picture.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid. It is certainly still there, and will remain so long after we have gone. They are not houses the bridge joins but two parts of one of the famous colleges in Oxford.
  • Chris
  • Bathampton
  • 8 Mar 2014, 08:08
It hasn't changed a bit in the intervening years either Brian - apart from the cars
Brian Walbey: Apart from the cars I doubt it will change for centuries to come Chris.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Mar 2014, 08:25
I now this well Brian, mind you I don't think they allow parking there anymore!
Brian Walbey: No parking would help with picture making at this spot I guess.
I love the old timey feel to this.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mary, it is oldish, as am I smile
Wonderful picture.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Roland.
excellent shot and i love the minis
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Ayush, I used to have a mini in the 60's, great little car.
I don't suppose cars are allowed there now. Nice nostalgia Brian
Brian Walbey: No Mike seems to think parking is banned in this street now.
I really like this shot Brian. It was the time I was around in Oxford
Brian Walbey: Thanks Janet, who knows, we might have passed in the street.
Wonderful timeless shot with these veteran cars Brian!
Brian Walbey: There's quite a good collection of old cars there, including a Mini or two, I had one of those myself in the 60's.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Mar 2014, 18:52
I visited Oxford two years ago - what a different look in the mid 1960's - although the Bridge of Sighs is still there and is a real landmark of the city.
Brian Walbey: Yes I bet that bridge will be there long after we have gone Philine.
Yes, indeed, the Rialto would be a better name.
Brian Walbey: I think you are probably right there Tom.
Love the nostalgia. Great picture.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Hollie, being taken all those years ago it really needed this sort of finish.
Beautiful image- love the B&W!

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