APPLEFORD RAILWAY BRIDGE

Appleford is the village on the LEFT bank.
It is said that the Appleford was the ford at which apples from the Harwell Orchards were brought into Oxfordshire.
See Nuneham Railway Bridge (Black Bridge), above Abingdon, for a similar history to Appleford Railway Bridge.

Fred Thacker: The THAMES HIGHWAY Vol 1 p51 quotes Sir William Burleigh's list -

6th September 1580 name & number of ye locks & wears [weirs] upon ye River Thames
... 22 One locke called Th Trullocks locke dwelling at Appleforde ...

1585: from another list -

... 29 Thomas Trullocks lock, in Sutton Parish

Fred Thacker: THE THAMES HIGHWAY Vol 2 p.171 -

APPLEFORD RAILWAY BRIDGE
In December 1843 this forbidding structure was being erected; and was attracting the unfavourable attention of the [Thames] Commissioners. They thought its low height and construction likely to be most injurious to the navigation.
I imagine the present [1920] bridge is the original bridge *
For the shallows here I get the title of Appleford Flat; I once saw a youth standing in midstream with the water only to his waist.

*Fred was wrong! The bridge he knew was the second bridge out of the three that have been here.
The bridges were: 1844-1850? in wood, A timber bridge by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Has anybody a picture of this 1844-1850 wooden bridge? I can't find one
1856-1929 in iron, 1929 the current bridge

Dr Neil Clifton -

The first railway bridge here was made of timber and opened in 1844.
By 1850 it had been replaced by a pair of wrought iron bridges, one for each track.
But to allow for the use of heavier locomotives on the line (the main line from London to Oxford) they were in turn replaced in 1927 by the present single steel structure.

Has anybody a picture of the 1844-1850 wooden bridge? I can't find one, nor can I find its twin, Nuneham Railway Bridge.
See Shiplake Railway Bridge 1857 for a GUESS at what it might have been like -

1857 Shiplake Railway Bridge, James Dredge
NOT APPLEFORD BUT 1857 SHIPLAKE Railway Bridge, James Dredge

A similar wooden bridge built in 1857 is on the Bourne End page

1884: Second Appleford Railway Bridge, Henry Taunt -

Second Appleford Railway Bridge, Henry Taunt
Second Appleford Railway Bridge, Henry W Taunt, 1884
© Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive; HT3892

1897: Second Appleford Railway Bridge, James Dredge -

Second Appleford Railway Bridge, James Dredge
Second Appleford Railway Bridge, James Dredge, 1897
© Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive; D230163a

1929: Third Appleford Railway Bridge built.
1999:-

Third Appleford Railway Bridge in 1999
Third Appleford Railway Bridge in 1999.

Appleford Railway Bridge, Doug Myers © 2005
Appleford Railway Bridge, Doug Myers © 2005