GATEHAMPTON RAILWAY BRIDGE
Site of Gatehampton (Basildon) Ferry
Just below Gatehampton Railway Bridge at Runsford Hole
Basildon house is seen in the distance, and the church, rather a solitary one, is a short way from the tow-path below the railway.
891: The name Runsford Hole appears.
John de Shelford is Lord of Gatehampton and Runford; he and his ancestors from time immemorial had duas Lockas in the water of the Thames.
1777: Oost Mill near the bridge (Ouse, Oes)
1792: Picturesque Views on the Thames by Samuel Ireland -
THE village of Gathanton is a pleasing
object on the Oxfordshire side the river,
from whence we enter a beautiful enclosure,
formed by the surroundlng woods.
The happy serenity of the approaching evening gives an air of solemnity to the scene, while the moon, faintly rising, gleams through the beautifully variegated trees. The profound stillness of the air was not unpleasantly disturbed by the largest flight of ravens, daws,&c. that I remember to have seen ; it consisted of some thousands, who nightly cross the river to take up their abode among the neighbouring woods.
AT a small distance from the river, on the Berkshire side, Sir Francis Sykes has erected a spacious mansion, which is secluded from the view by the intercepting hills. The house, though superbly furnished, is still wanting in the more elegant decorations of the fine arts, which have not yet gained admission.
1810: Ferryman appointed.
1881: George Leslie -
The tow-path changes sides some way after the
railway does, and there is the usual horse-boat and little ferry cabin.
The old man, Levi Collins, who formerly kept
this ferry, is now at the one at Mill End, near Hambleden.
Just before the railway-bridge is reached there are some tremendously deep and sudden holes, no doubt made by the ballast dredging at the time the bridge was built.
1885: Dickens's Dictionary of the Thames:
Basildon, Berkshire, on the LEFT bank, a small village, nearly midway between Streatley and Pangbourne, and standing a little distance back from the river. Population about 700. On the hills above, and somewhat to the south-west is Basildon Park ...
1891: Ferryhouse rebuilt
1892: Basildon Ferry, Henry Taunt -
Basildon Ferry, Henry Taunt, 1892
© Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive; HT6194
[ I don't know when the ferry ceased.]
Gatehampton Railway Bridge
1839: Built by Brunel.
1881: George Leslie
[the railway] here rapidly turns towards the river, to avoid the hills of Streatley, and crosses by a large brick bridge. The bridge is often under repair, as the stones used in the facings seem to be attacked by a sort of falling sickness, large lumps giving way every now and then.
1892: Gatehampton Railway Bridge widened.
1897: Gatehampton Railway Bridge, James Dredge -
Gatehampton Railway Bridge, James Dredge, 1897
© Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive; D230550a
Gatehampton Railway Bridge in 1999
2005: Gatehampton Railway Bridge, Doug Myers
Gatehampton Railway Bridge, Doug Myers © 2005