Magdalen Bridge, Oxford

Magdalen Bridge, Oxford (must see)

To get from the Plain to the High Street, or viceversa, you will cross Magdalen Bridge, which spans the River Cherwell which at this point is divided by a small island.

There has been a bridge on this spot for many centuries; the first records of one date back to just before 1002 and was a narrow wooden affair. Other wooden bridges succeeded this one until the 16th century when the first stone bridge was built. It was 460 meters long made up of 20 arches.

By 1769 the bridge was too narrow for traffic crossing to and from the growing city center, and it was becoming unsafe through poor maintenance and the rather annoying habit the river has of flooding several times a year. Eventually, during the spring floods of 1772 a number of arches on the western side disintegrated and the bridge was closed.

Today’s bridge was designed by John Gwynn and built between 1772 and 1790 by John Randall. It has 11 arches: the central one spanning the island and only has water flowing through it when the island is flooded.

Three arches span the two branches of the river with two smaller ones on each outer bank. When it was constructed, the bridge was 8 meters wide, but it was widened to 14 meters in 1882.

There has recently been a new tradition among students: jumping off the bridge during the May Day celebrations. The water under the bridge isn’t very deep and there have been some accidents, so now the bridge is closed to the public on May Day.
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Sight Name: Magdalen Bridge
Sight Location: Oxford, England
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk  

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