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Marlow Bridge, Marlow

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Marlow Bridge is a road traffic and foot bridge over the River Thames in England between the town of Marlow, Buckinghamshire and the village of Bisham in Berkshire. It crosses the Thames just upstream of Marlow Lock, on the reach to Temple Lock. The bridge is a Grade I listed building.
There has been a bridge on the site since the reign of King Edward III which was stated in around 1530 to have been of timber, though an original crossing to the Knights Templar of Bisham may date from 1309. In 1642 this bridge was partly destroyed by a Parliamentarian army. In 1789 a new timber bridge was built by public subscription with a contribution from the Thames Navigation Commission to increase the headroom underneath. The current suspension bridge was designed by William Tierney Clark and was built between 1829 and 1832, replacing a wooden bridge further downstream which collapsed in 1828. The Széchenyi Chain Bridge, spanning the River Danube in Budapest, was also designed by William Clark and it is a larger scale version of Marlow bridge.

In 1965, the bridge was restored. It has a 3 tonne weight restriction and is used only by foot and local road traffic. Other traffic is carried by the Marlow By-pass Bridge. On 24 September 2016, a 37-tonne Lithuanian haulage lorry attempted to pass over the bridge, requiring it to be closed for two months to allow Buckinghamshire County Council to undertake a series of stress tests on the suspension bridge hangers and pins, together with ultrasound and magnetic particle tests. No significant damage to the bridge was found, and it was reopened on Friday 25 November following restoration of sections exposed for weld testing with three coats of paint, removal of scaffolding surrounding the bridge's two towers, and reinstatement of timber work removed for inspection.
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  • such a beautiful old bridge part of the marlow history beautiful views both up and down river well worth the walk down the high street  more »
  • This is the twin of the one in Budapest. You can walk across and drive in a normal sized car - weight limits are strictly enforced. Lovely views from the park.  more »
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  • Well what a lovely spot for a picnic down by the church over looking the river and that iconic structure that hangs above the water. Who would ever believe that a international lorry driver once attempted to drive over it and then got stuck between the width restrictions on the other side and cause a load of damage to it by over stressing the frame of the bridge. Well it's all back up and running now after being closed for the best part of a year. But saying that it was lovely walking over the bridge without being run over by those pesky cars..
  • Quaint town on the River Thames. Pretty church. Have a drink outside. Walk along by the river. Lovely on a warm bright day.
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