Bridge 152









Bridge 152 on the Oxford Canal at Cropredy under which one enters Cropredy lock.

The bridge itself is positioned just north of the village wharf, which is still in evidence with the Wharf House adjacent.

About 50yards south is the site of the Battle of Cropredy Bridge, this English civil war battle was fought on June 29th 1644 between the Parliamentarian forces and the Royalist forces.


3 thoughts on “Bridge 152

  1. I endorse all the comments made by Mr Davis about this photograph, except for the Fred Dibnah comparison. Frankly-and i think i speak for the majority when it come to the craftsmanship of an artist like Mr Grimes-a far grander historical figure is called for. Let me clarify: i’ve nothing against Fred Dibnah, who must surely count as one of England’s greatest eccentrics; I just think that in this situation we can afford to be a little more ambitious in our assessment.

    Having wrestled with a number of important historical figure comparisons, I can think of none more suitable than Isambard Kingdom Brunel. As someone with a deep appreciation for this country’s industrial heritage, i have a feeling that Mr Grimes will almost certainly be a big admirer of his work. Indeed, you could say it’s in his blood, himself having worked on historical buildings for over 28 years. An association with Brunel is also fitting, given that Bridge 152 is one of Mr Grimes’ most celebrated scenes…In a similar vein, the Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of the most highly regarded achievements in Brunel’s history.

    I heartily commend the notion that Mr Grimes is ‘the’ definitive Brunel of industrial photography, knowing that all discerning Grimes fans will appreciate the sincerity of such a well-deserved compliment.

  2. Lovely, bloomin’ lovely this picture!

    This is exactly the sort of image you’d expect to find on a postcard. That’s not to downgrade it in any way, i’m just saying it’s got a real professional look about it. You’ve captured a real slice of charm here, Mr Grimes… it’s so authentic it makes you just want to enter the picture and explore the area!

    My mate Harry was right about you- you’ve got a real knack for this sort of thing. I reckon you’re the Fred Dibnah of industrial/heritage photography. The real deal and no mistake.

  3. This image captures something of the spirit of the canal network, showing as it does the delights that await all travellers-be they by boat or foot.

    As a fellow Gongoozler, I must congratulate you for the service you are rendering in chronicling various parts of the existing network. There’s so much upheaval with land and property development across the country, we can take nothing for granted.

    I too have a grave feeling that our fading industrial landscape will soon be in the dustbin of history. Our disused factories, mills and maintenance yards are balanced on the edge of a precipice, and unless we have the courage to act NOW they will be consigned to the history books. The gravity of this grave situation cannot be underestimated.

    By showcasing the many interesting and often elegant features that are part of the canal landscape, you are making an important contribution in raising public awareness. At the very least, your pictures will serve as a reminder of what we once had.

    Thank you for your all your efforts and please keep adding to your collection.


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